Rize the capitol of tea
- 21 Nisan 2014, Pazartesi 14:37
Located at the seaside, Rize is surrounded by green tea plantations which make the wealth of the region as far as Hopa at the Georgian border. Tea has long been the national drink of Turkish People but tea cultivation was introduced in Turkey a little before World War II. There are about 200,000 tea growers in the Eastern Black Sea Region. They pick green tea three times a year from May to October. The average annual fresh tea leaves production is about 800,000 tons which means a 155-160,000 tons of black tea production. 65% is produced by public sector “Çaykur”, and 35% by private sector. High technology is used on tea production in tea processing factories. It is possible to visit the Rize Tea Institute or/and a tea plantation.
The Rize International Tea Festival takes place every year in June.
Rize’s Gift To The World Tea
TEA - ÇAY IN TURKISH - IS NO ORDINARY BEVERAGE. WITH A PAST GOING BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS, IT IS SURROUNDED BY RITUALS IN MANY CULTURES, IS SOMETIMES DRUNK CEREMONIALLY AND IS CHARACTERIZED BY SPECIAL RULES AND SIGNIFICANCE FROM PRODUCTION RIGHT UP TO CONSUMPTION.