Ruhuna Tea produces beautiful long leaf for radish cup
The Ruhuna tea region of Sri Lanka sits between sea level and 2000 feet.
Ruhuna tea defines as ‘low-grown’. and The districts contain a number of sub-districts such as the Ratnapura/Balangoda, Deniyaya, Matara, Galle.
Ruhuna tea area was a latecomer to tea.
It was only around 1900 that the first estates opened among the foothills of the central mountain massif, at a convenient distance from Galle and Matara with their road and rail connection to the capital.
The tea estates of the region all lie at altitudes between sea level and 2,000 feet. Although the main tea-growing areas are relatively near the coast, the predominant weather patterns prevent them from receiving the full force of the southwest monsoon winds and the rain they bring.
Before introducing the tea, this area cultivated a lot of spices like Cinnamon, Pepper.
This low elevation area grows tea bushes rapidly and producing a long, beautiful leaf.
Ruhuna factories produce a wide variety of leaf styles and sizes, from prized ‘tips’ through the hole- and semi-whole-leaf teas to ‘fannings’ and CTC.