EVERYBODY CALM DOWN! Tea is coming in abundance, as Cornish plantations expect best yield on record


Everybody take a deep breath. Everything is going to be OK. Donald Trump might be edging closer to becoming the US president, Harry Styles might have cut off his beautiful hair and we might live in a world where Azealia Banks is allowed to be famous, but we'll always have tea.

The world might be running out of prosecco, chocolate and bananas at an alarming rate, but we can take comfort in the fact that the nation's favourite beverage isn't going anywhere any time soon.

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In fact, Cornish tea is coming IN ABUNDANCE. Tea growers are expecting their biggest yield yet after the unusually warm winter. Bella Percy-Hughes, who works at tea plantation Tregothnan near Truro, said the climate had been perfect for growing tea.

"We had an extremely warm winter so we could have started plucking in January," she said. The plantation would normally begin plucking tea leaves in April.

Tregothnan, on the banks of the River Fal, began supplying England's first and only tea in 2005, although other UK growers have since taken root.

"The air is constantly humid and it's always warm - we never get frosts here," Percy-Hughes said.

"It's warm and wet and those are the conditions that tea absolutely loves."

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Tregothnan produces a host of flavours - from strong breakfast teas akin to a Yorkshire brew to herbal varies - which get their different tastes from the drying methods.

The Tregothnan estate, which has been in the Boscawen family since 1334, was the first place to grown ornamental Camellia plants outdoors 200 years ago. Tea plants, Camellia sinensis, now thrive on the estate.