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Volume 5, Number 2

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Two women hand-plucking leaves to make a Nepal green tea. Nepal's tea regions and teas While Nepal's CTC teas, grown in the low- lying Terai plains running along the south- ern side of the country, are sold into the domestic market or to Russia (CIS), India, and Pakistan, the leafy orthodox teas from the hill country are now finding their way into niche specialty markets in the US, Eu- rope, the UK, Australia, and Japan. The main tea areas in the Eastern de- velopment region are Ilam, Dhankuta, Panchthar, and Terthathum, where the bushes grow at around 1,000 feet (305 meters) up to elevations as high as 7,500 feet (2,286 meters). Ilam, with its thick pine and birch forests, mountain streams and waterfalls, borders with Darjeeling and is home to the best known of Nepal's tea gardens, including the original Ilam Tea Estate planted in 1863; Kanyam Tea; Sunderpani, an organic cooperative of 300 smallholders who process their leaf at the Gorkha Tea Factory; Maloom Estate, which was opened in 1993 and buys leaf from smallholders and Sandakphu, the first and only factory to employ women in positions of responsibility. These fac- tories all manufacture high quality black orthodox teas and hand-rolled black teas,

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