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Top 10 Countries that Produce the Most Tea

Can you name the ten countries that produce the most tea?
For the year 2016, according to FAOSTAT
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Last updated: November 29, 2018
First submittedDecember 8, 2016
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Tonnes x 1000
Country
2415
China
1252
India
473
Kenya
349
Sri Lanka
243
Turkey
Tonnes x 1000
Country
240
Vietnam
144
Indonesia
102
Myanmar
90
Argentina
80
Japan
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level 72
Dec 8, 2016
Kenya!? Wow.
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level 80
Dec 9, 2016
That's what I missed too.
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level 67
Dec 9, 2016
I didn't think that one was the most surprising. I'd heard of Kenyan Tea even before i went there. Iranian, Turkish and Vietnamese Tea on the other hand....
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level 71
Dec 9, 2016
Turkish tea is pretty famous, very strong and black. Got several boxes when I visited a few years ago.
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level 74
Nov 29, 2018
Most bulk tea in Turkish shops isn't from Turkey though.
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level 75
Nov 30, 2018
Looks like Iran got bumped off the list. But they still drink oodles of tea, so I'm more surprised that they're gone. Really good tea in little glass cups, with all kind of fancy sugar cubes. Beautiful samovars too. And Iran has a lot of land that's great for growing tea. Lots of independent growers.
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level 70
Mar 10, 2019
Turkey produces great apple tea.
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level 62
Oct 13, 2019
Turkish makes sense in hindsight, as does sri lanka... you know ceylon tea.. Cant believe I missed that.. no idea about vietnam and burma though. (or kenya and argentina tbh, I guessed those, though there might ve been something in the back of my mind because I hardly guessed any others, tried southafrica but that was because of rooibos and brazil cause well it is big)
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level 62
Oct 13, 2019
@redsplat drinking it doesnt mean a thing or the uk would be nr 1. And tea is quite big in the netherlands aswell not sure if it is more than in say belgium or denmark though, but for most it is a daily thing, though coffee clearly wins out.
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level 71
Dec 9, 2016
I was halfway through typing Kenya when time ran out, but it was a random guess. Missed that one and Iran.
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level 61
Feb 17, 2017
I knew some African country was probably going to be on the list because of Rooibos tea. Guessed South Africa first.
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level 60
Feb 18, 2017
except rooibos isn't a kind of tea, although a tea-like drink is often made from it.
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level 51
Feb 18, 2017
South Africa produces a lovely tea called KwaZulu from the KwaZulu Natal, but is unfortunately not that easy to get (outside the country). Tanzania and Rwanda also produce very good teas.
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level 45
Feb 24, 2017
Rooibos tea. Very popular.
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level 56
Mar 11, 2019
Kenya is well-known for its tea (at least if you've grown up in a tea-drinking society like Britain or Ireland)
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level 69
Feb 17, 2017
Argentina? Surprising.
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level 74
Feb 17, 2017
Only if you consider "mate" to be tea...
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level 57
Feb 17, 2017
with mate you chew the leaves
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level 38
Feb 17, 2017
No, not really! Mate is the drink, you mean "yerba". But there are different things because of diferent process to get the final result
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level 35
Feb 17, 2017
jajaco2017, sorry, you're wrong. chewing the leaves is a tradition in Inca Countries such as Bolivia(mainly), Peru and Ecuador. In Argentina, Uruguay and south of Bazil(although in other parts of the country some people like me :o) also enjoy it) the traditional tea is "erva mate", the one used to make the famous "chimarrão". In Paraguay they like the tea of a similar leave which they call "tereré". People have it everywhere in Paraguay at any time of the day, in spite of the heat, having their hot tea calmly as if the world had stopped.
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level 49
Feb 20, 2017
1. Mate doesn't involve chewing the yerba leaves. You're probably confusing yerba with coca leaves, which are an Andean thing, mostly Bolivian and Peruvian if I'm not mistaken. 2. Tereré is a cold preparation of yerba leaves. It's prepared very similarly to mate, but with ice water. Paraguayans still call it mate when it's hot. Argentinians from the fart north also drink tereré and sometimes even use cold juice or soda in place of the ice water. 3. Paraguayans drink mate any time in the winter, but in summer it's typically only early in the morning or late at night. Tereré is way more common any other time of day in summer.
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level 51
Mar 18, 2018
No shingen, Argentina is a great producer of tea, not only yerba mate.
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level 69
Nov 29, 2018
And it surprised me again. Damn.
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level 43
Feb 17, 2017
8 of these countries being Asian doesn't really surprise me.
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level 76
Feb 17, 2017
But 2 of these countries not being Asian... a whole different story.
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level 48
Feb 17, 2017
This quiz is quali-tea
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level 33
Feb 17, 2017
nice.
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level 58
Feb 17, 2017
quizzmaster did "tea" it up ideally,... but your swing at it was pre-tea good :-)
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level 76
Feb 17, 2017
I missed three. Really tea-ed me off.
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level 58
Feb 17, 2017
Tough quiz, nice one
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level 57
Feb 17, 2017
I goTEA them all :-)
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level 54
Feb 17, 2017
Turkey and Iran slipped my mind, couldn't land an African country in time ;
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level 40
Feb 17, 2017
Got all but Turkey
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level 35
Feb 17, 2017
Missed India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka
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level 77
Mar 18, 2018
If anyone else is interested what the value of "all the tea in China is" I calculated it out using a value of 28 cents per kilo and came up with $484 million US. Assuming that these are English and not metric tons. So the next time someone says they wouldn't do something for all the tea in China, counter with "of course not. But would you do it for four hundred and eighty FIVE million dollars?"
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level 49
Mar 18, 2018
I missed a few because I was for some idiotic reason thinking that Madagascar was near a certain subcontinent.. and not by Africa. LOL
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level 79
Aug 24, 2018
Kenya makes sense due to the plantations from British colonalists. Interestingly while doing this I am drinking Mongolian tea, and realise just how unusual it is to actually have it, as they don't make the list.
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level 69
Mar 10, 2019
Mongolian? I had no idea it was even possible to grow tea there. Mongolia doesn't really grow much of, well... anything.
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level 13
Sep 7, 2018
Haha, China and Japan are what I got. Yep, that's me with an IQ of 273! XD Yeah, right.
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level 61
Nov 30, 2018
Tried UK for fun
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level 56
Mar 11, 2019
There is some tea grown in the UK (in Cornwall and I think there's a small plantation on the west of Scotland, at least there was one).
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level 63
Mar 10, 2019
Argentina? I wonder if anyone gets that one right the first time? This country is deep in coffee country.
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level 52
Mar 10, 2019
ArgenTEAna
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level 41
Mar 10, 2019
Except Argentina
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level 68
Mar 10, 2019
A clarification in the instructions as to what is meant by "tea"--black only? green? white? rooibos? herbal? matte?--would be helpful.
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level 56
Mar 11, 2019
Any infusion made from the camelia sinensis plant. In other words, white, green, black, oolong, Pu-erh teas, amongst others. Not rooibos (a different plant), not mate (a different plant), not herbal (very many different types of plant...!).
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level 62
Oct 13, 2019
Tea is a plant (shrub), so the color or matter of harvesting does not matter (obviously) Nor does the flavours that are added to it afterwards. Plain and simple.

rooibos is a different plant, and herbs obviously are, in every day speech (a lot of) people call them tea, but technically they arent. They are infusions used in the same way as tea, but with different plants. If it is not made of tea(leaves) it isnt really tea. (but it is easy to call em that, I usually do aswell, though I know the distinction, "do you want an herbal infusion?" sounds kinda I dont know what, but you are bound to get some funny looks ;) )