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23 Reading 35-1 realized that manufacture begins in the f eld, and that however much effort is made to mechanize the curing of tea, it is the growing that remains a precondition of a successful, salable product. If the correct ecotype is planted, pruned, and fertilized, and the picking matches the season, the desired result will be much easier to obtain. Manufacture is carried out on the estate, and the post picking process was an early candidate for mechanization. Picking itself is another matter. The bushes are picked more frequently if a higher quality is required, and less frequently if greater quantity is the aim. The 1st spring pick makes the best tea. Frequency of picking depends on weather, fertilization of the soil, pruning, and so forth. The tea leaves should be picked dry, but this is not always possible, and large quantities of low grade material result from “rains teas.” The industry might be better off if these inferior grades were thrown onto the compost heap. The picked leaves can be turned into 3 different products, though each estate tries to concentrate on one speciality. Black tea represents over 95% of world trade today; green tea is of importance in the Far East and a cult in the West; Oolong is important in China and Taiwan, with a small export to the United States. Black tea is fully processed.
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