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Ilam Green Tea

My main motivation for coming to this area was to learn about tea production.

Ilam is the main tea growing region in Nepal. Practically every house owns a tea plantation and there are various factories dotted across the landscape. The tea grown here is very similar to Darjeeling tea across the border in India and is exported to other parts of Asia, Europe and America. The season generally starts in April so I had the chance to have a go at picking tea, see the production process in local factories and do some sampling...

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Green tea carpets Ilam's hills

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Kanyam tea garden and factory (in the distance)

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Samyog liked hiding under the tea bushes - "Mr Neil, where am I?"

First the tea leaves are picked...

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An individual leaf

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Tea picking in the family's plantation

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Gathering all the tea together we'd collected

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Sea of leaves

They are then bagged up and taken off to be weighed at a collection point...

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Weighing the tea - each kg is worth a very small amount by our standards

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At the collection point. From here it will be taken onto one of the factories for processing

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To the factory

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The smell from the leaves inside the tea factory was incredibly strong, breathing becomes uncomfortable if you stay in there too long. The workers wear masks over their faces for this reason...

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Processing consists of various stages including drying and pressing the leaves, fermentation and packaging...

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The finished product

Now for the best bit - sampling time...

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Posted by Neil1983 08:19

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