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Only the top three leaves are picked.<br />
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Food miles craze reaches the traditional British cuppa...<br />
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More and more Brits are growing tea in their own gardens in the quest for the ultimate  'homegrown' cuppa.<br />
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With the 'grow your own' movement still in full swing, sales of Camellia sinensis - the common tea plant - are rocketing as gardeners realise it thrives in the UK's climate.<br />
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Contrary to popular belief, tea plants don't require heat and humidity to grow, rather preferring temperate regions with plenty of moisture.<br />
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The UK already boasts two tea plantations - one in Cornwall and the other in the Scottish Highlands - with a third planned for Northern Ireland.<br />
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But now domestic gardeners are catching on to the idea of an on-demand supply of tea from their back gardens, and creating their own 'mini plantations' at home.<br />
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And just like in traditional tea-growing countries like China and Africa, the young leaves of UK-grown plants can be picked in spring and used straight away to make green tea or dried to make regular black tea.