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Breakdown of tea plant cultivars most commonly grown in Japan

Breakdown of tea plant cultivars most commonly grown in Japan - Yunomi.life

Ian Chun |

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries publishes regular reports about the tea industry (in Japanese). And the May 2016 report had a breakdown of the tea plant cultivars most common grown in Japan as of 2014.

Yabukita: 75% (31905ha)

Yutaka Midori: 6%

Saemidori: 3%

Okumidori: 3%

Sayama Kaori: 2%

Kanaya Midori: 1%

Asatsuyu: 1%

Zairai: 2%

Others: 7% (there are some 200 cultivars registered in Japan)

Breakdown of tea plant cultivars most commonly grown in Japan

2 comments

Gabriel, the Saemidori cultivar has been dominating tea competitions in the gyokuro category. I would say that it does so because of richness of umami flavor (in addition to brightness of the green color) rather than being delicate though.

Anonymous,

Is there a cultivar considered to be the most delicate, or the highest quality?

Gabriel Babuch,

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