US-Grown Tea Is Incredibly Rare. This Small Farm Is Blazing a Trail. – “A look at why tea has never really been an American crop—and what a tiny tea operation in rural Mississippi can teach us about how that might change.”
When we lived in Hawaii we met someone who grew his own coffee, his own vanilla, his own chocolate, his own cinnamon, cloves, etc. We knew this wasn’t possible on the mainland because of the temperate climate.
But then I wondered why tea wasn’t grown in the U.S. I’ve visited Uji, Japan, which was one of (if not the primary) tea capitals in Japan, and the climate of Uji is similar to much of the mid-Atlantic or southern U.S. And if they can do it, why can’t we? Well, this article explores that question and answers it.