Olive Tea Manufacturing Plant to Open in India

Rajasthan’s new olive leaf tea plant is a collaboration between the Rajasthan Government and a private company.

An olive tea manufacturing plant is set to open in the Rajasthani village of Bassi following a two-year feasibility study. Three olive farms in Jhunhunu, Jaipur and Jalore have been selected for the collection of olive leaves.

While Indian olive leaf tea is a fresh brew, global demand for the product is increasing. It is believed that olive leaf tea delivers more health benefits than green tea and contains more anti-oxidants and Vitamin C.

The Indian Government is also brewing up plans to extract oleic acid, a fundamental ingredient in medicines used to treat heart disease, from Rajasthan’s olive leaves. Yogesh Kumar Verma, chief operating officer at Rajasthan Olive Cultivation Limited explained, “If we are able to extract it, it will open further avenues in the pharmaceutical sector.”

Rajasthan’s olive leaf tea plant is expected to initially produce around 50 Kilos of tea per day. Tea tasters have been recruited for the plant, which is a collaboration between the Rajasthan Government and a private company.
The olive leaf tea has created a bit of a stir in India’s tea industry. Gagnesh Sharma, deputy director (tea development) at India’s Tea Board said, “As per the country’s Tea Act, any products made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis kuntze, shrub or small tree can be termed as tea for commercial purposes. Preparations from olive or other plants can be termed herbal concoctions, but not tea in a proper sense.” More