Breakdown of tea plant cultivars most commonly grown in Japan

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

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Ian Chun

Ian Chun

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.

Gabriel Babuch

Gabriel Babuch

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

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