| Uses: Medicinal/Beverage
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 7-11+) |
| When to Sow: Anytime
|| Ease of Germination: Moderate |
| (Cha; Chai)
The world's most important caffeine beverage. At least 3 billion people are regular drinkers. Its use goes back as far as 2700 B.C., but it was not until the 3rd century A.D. that China's tea-drinking culture began to develop and it was around 800 A.D. that tea was introduced to Japan. It is a shrub or small tree grown in the warm temperate parts of Asia. Young leaves are processed to make fermented, semi-fermented or green teas/beverages. Tea stimulates the central nervous system, is diuretic and astringent, relaxes smooth muscles, and increases coronary flow. It has significant anticancer and antioxidant effects and even has been shown to prevent tooth decay on account of its high fluoride content. It is hardy to at least zone 7 and has been grown successfully in the U.S. southeast. Can be grown indoors in a cool window. We ship seeds fresh from harvest.