|Tea... up close, in the fields|
(Sidebar: The discussion about Popo took a really interesting turn with Fred's deeper investigation into the lahar flows. I'll have more to say about that later this week. But if you missed the thread, go back a couple of days and read it. It's a fascinating discussion. As I said... more on this on Friday.)
But forward to today's challenge!
This challenge is from Regular Reader Miguel Viterbo who wrote in with this excellent set of questions:
I was looking for information about Sochi, the Russian town where the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place, when I read about a tea plantation that's very close to the town. It's often claimed to be "the northernmost in Europe."
Well, as a matter of fact, most Portuguese believe that Gorreana, the tea produced in the (Portuguese) Azores islands, is the only tea plantation in Europe.
I was there this Summer and learned that they claim to be the oldest remaining plantation in Europe, not the only one. Also, there is another tea plantation very close by. So, here are my questions for you:
- Are there any other tea plantations and factories in Europe? What about North America? Can I have a list, or better yet, a map of tea plantations around the world?
- Is the Russian tea plantation near Sochi really the northernmost one in Europe? If not, which one is?
- By the way, under what name(s) is that Russian tea marketed? What is their website's url?
It took me a while but I managed to solve all the questions. The best results I found are a map and, on the other hand, a wonderfully huge list with all the tree plantations detailed and explained (not in English, though). It's not a difficult challenge but it deals with foreign languages and a subject that's appreciated worldwide.
To tell you the truth, I haven't solved these questions yet (so I'm taking Miguel at his word that there ARE answers out there).
So let's Search On together!