As our world becomes more and more filled with plastic waste, unused pesticides, and herbicides, many tea lovers have come to the conclusion that organic tea is not only the safest tea you can buy but that it might even be the tastiest.  Let’s look at organic teas for the consumer.

Organic tea begins with soil that can be considers “organic” itself.  Soil quality has a great deal to do with the foods we eat and drink. Whether it be meat products, produce, or products like tea. Which are harvest from tea plants gows in the soil.  

The tea plant itself can live more than a hundred years and is generally tightly roots into the ground. Eliminating the chance for crop rotation. 

Nutrients must be directly added to the tea bush and, in organic tea plants. These nutrients must be natural products. 

On conventional tea farms, chemical fertilizers are sprays directly onto the tea plant. Which retains some of the chemical when harvested. 

Over-treating the land can burn the tea leaves and destroy soil integrity, leaving the soil vulnerable to erosion.

Inorganic tea estates, nutrients adds to the soil are typically made from manure, compost or plant cuttings.  Microbes in the soil break down the fertilizer, making it useful to the organic tea plant.  Some organic tea gardens practice a custom called permaculture. In which plants grows between the tea plants to allow for interconnects and a sustainable soil system.  The plants used in this practice are legumes, which rejuvenate the soil by adding nitrogen to it. 

Tea gardens practice biodynamic agriculture in which the entire area is considered a holistic, self-nourishing soil system.  Carefully-aged soil preparations use plants like dandelion, yarrow, and chamomile. Which are works into the soil in harmony with local conditions.  Organic soil is keep healthy and nutritious without the addition of harmful chemicals.   

Organic tea is labels as such by being “Certified 100% Organic”.  This applies to loose leaf tea and to tea inside teabags. 

Certified tea is grown, handled, processed, stored, and packaged in accordance with the standards set forth by the National Organic Program.  Lastly, this type of food also regulates by the US Food and Drug Administration.  

Certified tea is grown on farms that is inspects on a yearly basis by the certifying agency.  The tea handler and the processor of the tea leaves are also inspecting and must meet the regulations of the certifying body.  Some products, simply labeled “organic” are not 100% organic but must contain at least 95% organic food product. 

The organic tea producer is also auditing yearly and issue a certificate that says the producer have met USDA-National Organic Standards for handling organic tea.  A certificate is requirering for each type of tea label and sold as 100%. 

Steps usually take to prevent the commingling of non-organic and organic ingredients at all times. And machines wash to prevent commingling.  

Purchasing 100% organic tea signifies to the buyer that the tea they are drinking is not lacing with pesticides or other chemicals. 

Non-organic tea, given that the leaves are routinely spraying with pesticides, may contain trace chemicals that are not healthy for anyone to drink.   

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