Until the end of the 15th century, Iran’s hot beverage of choice was
coffee – however, its distant location from the main coffee producing countries
meant that beans were hard to obtain Tea was much easier to get in
Iran, thanks to the overland trade link with China dubbed
the “silk road“ Tea became increasingly popular, and
in 1882 with seeds obtained from
India, Iranians began to cultivate
tea in their own nation, spearheaded
by Prince Mohammad Mirza, the first mayor of
Tehran, also known as Kashef al Saltaneh
Saltaneh, who was Iranian
ambassador to India under
British rule, knew that the Brits would
keep their tea production secrets under
lock and key, because it was one of their main
businesses in India. Saltaneh went undercover as
a French laborer in India, working on plantations
to learn all the trade secrets, and then
bringing some samples back to Iran n
He planted them in the Iranian region of f
Gilan, and the tea industry y
was begun. Today, there are 32,000 hectares of f
tea farms, most being located on the hillsides. The tea
culvitated in this farms is mostly Orthodox Style. Iranian
tea is well-known for its nuanced flavor, and delicate taste which
makes it a delightful beverage to be drunk