There is a commercial tea farm owned by Sakuma Brothers near me in Mt.Vernon Wa.
marina phillips wrote:
It's kinda all the same plant, with different drying and fermenting processes to get the various flavors, right?
I expect that conifers would be good companions, because they provide moist, acid soils. Aside from conifers, what other species do you think would make a good guild with tea? Comfrey? Blueberries? Edible mushrooms? Chilean guava (Ugni mollinae)?
There is a commercial tea farm owned by Sakuma Brothers near me in Mt.Vernon Wa..Several ac. and we are zone 7.I have one plant thats been alive for 5 yrs.Lost some of the other named cultivars to cold or shade but am going to try 8 sochi this year.Ilex vomitoria is a N.american native related to mate that has cafine as well.I started some seeds but they havnt come up yet.Like tea it prefers the warm humid summers.The tea plant commonly used for oil is a different sp.The oil has the composition of olive oil(monounsaturated)but with a nutral flavor.Ive seen it for sale rarley.
tel jetson wrote:Earl Gray has bitter orange peel in it.
About Ilex Vomitoria.... I've drank this a couple times over the last couple of months because I want to plant some Yaupon (I. Vomitoria) and wanted to make sure I liked the flavor. It's awesome! Tastes a lot like mate. You can buy I. Vomitoria in any big box home depot type store as it's a very common landscaping plant. It tolerates all sorts of soil and light conditions.