Unexpected Places for Tea Cultivation


One of them is Orballo, a project that takes its name from the Galician word for ‘fine rain,’ and that is dedicated to growing and producing tea as well as a wide set of aromatic herbs and spices. Nowadays, its tea fields reach 10 acres, an area still small but with high expectations from its owners for the future.

Although Camellia as an ornamental flower has a long history in Galicia, varieties suitable for making tea had not been previously cultivated. Since there is no tea growing tradition or culture in the zone, the project leant on local scientific institutions to asses them in several aspects related to tea cultivation.

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