Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Charleston Tea Planation and America's Tea

When Daughter Sarah and I visited Savannah and Charleston last November, one of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the

America's only tea plantation.

As a lover of tea and the art of taking tea, it was thrilling to visit an actual tea plantation where the tea is grown.

On the tour, we learned a lot about the tea plant and growing and harvesting tea!

Acres and acres of tea plants -- camellia sinensis -- a cousin to the familiar camellia plant that graces southern gardens.

The tea had been harvested and the plants were starting to bloom.

Not big blooms like their garden cousins and not as fragrant either -- but they did have an aroma and I can imagine the plantation at the height of blooming -- it must be heady both in beauty and in aroma!

I've ordered tea from the Plantation before -- it is good tea and it is nice to drink an American tea.

Of course, on a trip to the plantation, what came home with me . . . .

Tins and tins of American Classic Tea! It's a good tea and one that I do enjoy. I had not ordered it for a while and the visit to the Plantation reminded me just how good "America's Own" tea was!

It's now partnered with Bigelow and so distribution is wider than it once was -- often you can find it wherever Bigelow products are sold. But if it say's "American Classic Tea" -- it was raised and harvested and processed at the Charleston Tea Plantation. They made that abundantly clear on the tour.

And today at half past three, my tea of choice was the American Classic Tea which I enjoyed with the rest of Andre's cookies!

It's Wednesday and time to join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


Pondside said...

How interesting. I'd no idea that tea was grown in the US.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Did not know that. Happy New Year. Always nice to visit with you.

Marilyn said...

Those cities, and now the tea plantation, are on my "someday" list of places I want to visit. Thanks for sharing. ♥♫

Maryrose said...

How fun...I think it may be tea time for me.
Thanks for the inspiration.

LV said...

I really enjoy a glass of good ice tea. I am sure I would have loved taking a tour of this tea place.

On Crooked Creek said...

What an interesting post about American Grown Tea! You always enlighten me with your knowledge of all things tea! Thank you for this informative post!

nannykim said...

We have visited there and have tea from there also. I also purchased a small teapot and 2 cups while there. It is one thing I have kept in my move!

Marites said... would've been nice to see that plantation during my Charleston visit years ago. The place looks beautiful! happy new year!!

Light and Voices said...

After I'm finished looking at the Outdoor Wednesday posts, I think I will go have a break and make some hot tea. Nice Tea Planation tour.
Joyce M

Cindy said...

Beautiful photos and I did not know that tea grew in the US at all. I would love to buy that tea, it sounds wonderful!!!
Hugs, cindy

Donnie said...

I'm glad to know that because we try to "buy American" if we can but it is hard to find our products in the stores. I'll watch for it.

Beth said...

Martha, I enjoyed this post. I was in Charleston in 2008 but was not able to get out to the plantation - glad to see it through your eyes.
Blessings, Beth