I've been given a long-yearned for tea plant (Camellia sinsensis). It's early days yet, but I'd love to actually use it as I'm a great tea fan (even though I'm not supposed to use it for medicinal reasons! I limit myself to two cups a day, and I take it very weak, no milk).
There's a lot on the internet about how tea leaves are prepared for commercial use (fermenting processes etc), but I can't find anything on preparing it in your own kitchen. Does anyone have any experience with this?
My favourite commercial tea is Twining's Orange Pekoe. Any clues on how to get something akin to that? I prefer a fairly mild tea (hence I'll be careful to collect the flowers for white tea.)