Turkey’s tea production in concentrated in and around Rize Province. Tea growing areas in Turkey lie between 400 to 420 N latitudes. Tea is cultivated on flat land and hill sides at upto an elevation of about 500 m above sea level. China type of bushes are grown. Turkey experiences very low temperature, snow and frost during winter. The plucking season lasts for six months from May to October. The tea holdings are small and the government restricts the maximum size holding to 4 ha, but the average size of holding is only 1.25 ha. Black tea is processed by both government and private sectors.