The first tea made in Belgium is now on supermarket shelves in Delhaize and Bio-Planet.
The tea has been cultivated by Raf Rombouts from Loenhout (in the province of Antwerp near the Dutch border) since February, according to the Flemish infocentre for agriculture and horticulture (VILT).
After being harvested, the tea leaves are sent over the border to Zundert in the Netherlands where they’re processed and then marketed under the name Local Tea.
This is the first week that people will be able to find the Belgian tea in Delhaize and Bio-Planet stores.
It’s produced by Dutch company Tea by Me, whose Local Tea label has included tea cultivated in the Netherlands for years.
They decided to roll out the concept in Belgium earlier this year and turned to Flemish grower Rombouts just over the border, who uses a greenhouse to grow the tea leaves in a six-week growing period…