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A tea plant with history.

There are so many great stories at the tea farm. Jason is sharing about one of the tea plants displayed at the front of the farm.   This tea plant was donated to the farm from a lovely person from Hattiesburg. It was shared that the plants were acquired from Lipton Tea which they brought over to the US after fearing tea imports could be impacted by overseas relations. It was the 50’s, a difficult time for some international relations and Lipton wanted to test out tea growing.   The research station closed down some years ago. But some of the plants still remain throughout Mississippi. The tea plant donation, allows us to preserve a bit of history in a...

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Processing tea seeds for future tea plants.

Every fall we collect a large number of seed pods from the tea plants to process them for spring. Starting new plants from seeds is the best way to develop new tea plants as they will develop a long tap root. Tea cuttings will create new plants, but they will not establish the long taproot. The longer the tap root the more drought tolerant the plant is and with every tea plant being an investment of time and product, it is important to develop the healthiest of plants. Tea plant seeds start out with a very tough outer shell. We will collect a large number of tea seeds and then set them out in the sun for a period of time...

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We passed on tea bags and here is why.

For us at The Great Mississippi Tea Farm, delivering loose leaf tea versus a tea bag was a conscious choice. A choice that we made in support of quality, health and sustainability. We have been recognized by Bloomberg News as a "better" company for how to buy Eco-Friendly products in their June 2021 news article and it's all because we passed on the tea bag. Although a tea bag can be quite convenient, it comes with some downsides. Here are three reasons why we love loose leaf tea. Quality - Loose leaf tea is made of whole unbroken leaves. A tea bag often contains broken tea pieces and dust, losing some of the essential oils that bring tea its great flavor....

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Timmy shows us how Mississippi Pine Needle Tea is made

Watch our latest YouTube video where Timmy talks about the process of making the limited edition Mississippi Pine Needle tea*. It's a high quality green tea that is only available once a year.   This green tea is hand picked in the field. Then we pan fire it to stop the oxidation process. In the final step, the leaves are placed into the carding machine where it is heated until the leaves roll perfectly into a thin needle shape.   The flavor has the components of Umami and Vegetal. The taste is described as "gives you a sweet, buttery feel". It is an amazing green tea as it has little to no bitterness.   This popular tea is definitely one to have in your...

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