Boh Plantation @ Cameron HighlandsWednesday, June 24, 2009
It was an awesome experience to see the big Boh Plantation at Sungei Palas, Cameron Highlands last weekend.
The plantation is situated on a hill more than 5,000 feet above sea level that has moderate temperatures, high altitude, abundant rainfall, long hours of sunshine and well-drained soil - the perfect environment for growing tea bush!
The evergreen tea bush grown there is botanically known as Camellia Sinensis. Camellia is the Latinised name of Rev. Georg Kamel who was a Czech-born botanist and a missionary to the Philippines. Sinensis means Chinese in Latin. The plant is culivated in tropical and subtropical regions and is native to mainland South and Southeast Asia.
They are grown and pruned to waist height for easy harvesting of tea leaves.
Tea harvesting is done every three weeks when new shoots grow.
The trail below leads visitors to the Boh Plantation's cafe, showroom and shop.
The scenery from the cafe is breathtaking.
From these tea bushes, three major types of tea are produced depending on how the leaf is processed. The three types of tea are black tea, oolong or red tea and green tea.
At the surrounding of the plantation, I found a number of interesting subtropical/tropical plants like Angel's Trumpet, Giant Star Potato Tree, Glory Bush, Agapanthus or African Blue Lily, Canna, Heliconia and Nasturtium.
I am definitely going to remember this magnificent plantation whenever I have a cup of tea ;-)