Tea, the second most widely consumed beverage in the world after water, is the aromatic, tasty beverage that results when you pour hot or boiling water over leaves of the of the Camellia sinensis, an Asian evergreen shrub. A staple of East Asian cuisine and culture for thousands of years, it first came to Europe by way of Portuguese merchants in the 16th century.
In the classroom we learn a little about the process of taking tea from the field to the cup by harvesting our kids like tea. We pluck, wilt, disrupt, ferment, shape, age…all the best stuff. Ideally in the course of the harvest our tiny tea leaves giggle while the grown-up farmers learn more about the leaves in their morning cup.