The kids and I visited with my mom for a few days this week while we were on spring break. However, I always tell my kids “you can never take a vacation from education!” So we visited the Charleston Tea Plantation for a fun field trip.
The Charleston Tea Plantation is the home of American Classic Tea, and it is the only tea plantation in North America! It is located on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s lowcountry. Tea plants need sandy soil, hot temperatures, and high humidity to thrive and they’ve got it there! We took a tour of the 127 acre plantation in an old Philadelphia trolley, which the owner purchased on eBay!
We learned that tea plants are called Camellia Sinensis and green, oolong, and black tea are all made from the same tea plants. What makes them different from each other in taste is how long they sit on the oxidation bed in the processing plant. Also white tea is not made from the leaves of the tea plant, but from the new growth buds on the plant and has to be hand picked, which is why white tea is more expensive.
We toured the factory where the tea is processed and watched on flatscreen televisions how tea is made from the raw leaves. Of course we enjoyed the delicious tea samples in the charming gift shop and left with boxes of tea to enjoy at home! Rockville Raspberry and Island Green Mint teas rock!