I think it’s so wonderful that we can brew a real cuppa with organically grown tea, picked just up the road in Foxground. Yesterday I visited Kirsten McHugh’s tea plantation as a priveleged member of the Foodscape Tours rent-a-crowd for the filming of an episode of Sydney Weekender.
Lush, damp (and with a few leeches…much to the TV Producer’s horror!), the immaculate rows of tea (camellia sinensis) are edged with comphrey and the new flower buds signal the end of the leaf growth phase.
Kirsten’s way too modest about her tea making skills – the tasting that followed was of superb fresh, almost minty green tea, delicious black tea, and one of her many blends – this one green tea with lavender and mandarin rind…yum!