Tea plant (Camellia sinensis) in Ukraine

Camellia sinensis was introduced for the first time around 60 years ago in 1949 in Ukraine (near Mukachevo, Zakarpattya oblast). It was expected to be used in massive production. In 1953 after four years of successful introduction and harvesting number of different types of tea leaves the soviet plans regarding this idea were moved from Ukraine to Caucasus region and the tea field in Zakarpattya was abandoned. Nevertheless the tea field continued to grow by itself and after some decades became a wild plant at that region. Since then and until today Camellia sinensis plants grow in that particular region as wild species.

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More about it can be found here (in Ukrainian):
2008: here at www.tour.uzhgorod.ua
2012: here at www.zakarpattya.net.ua

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