Ceylon

Ruhuna

Like Sabaragamuwa, Ruhuna is a large district; like its neighboring district, Ruhuna is shaped like a kidney. These two districts combined produce 60% of Ceylon tea; approximately 200 000 tons. Reaching from sea-level to 600 meters in altitude, Ruhuna teas are only low-grown teas. The production is quite remarkable and permits a return every 4 or 5 days. Other than during the monsoon season (June to September), the region produces strong teas with an intense rich copper red colour. In the plains and at sea level Ruhuna distinguishes itself by its production of both long leaf and broken leaf teas both having the same common denominator: strength. The strength is tempered for the teas produced at the lowest altitudes. This is the case for the long leaf teas with multiple golden tips;  the famous FOP. After a difficult beginning, Ruhuna has begun producing green and white teas. These teas have not attained the quality or variety of Chinese teas but never the less Ruhuna produces an honorable range of non-oxidized teas. The four sub districts of Ruhuna have a rich soil which produces the reputed FOP teas in the following gardens: Evergreen, Rekadahene, New Vithanakande, Dellawa, Tea Bank, Madola, Kelani, Adalpaha, and Yalta.