There are some places where you can experience tea picking for recreation.
I had chance to try it on the trip to Shizuoka on Apr. 30.
|Traditional clothes for tea-picking (The lady in the center)|
You pick one bud and two leaves from the tip, which is one of the ways of picking.
Fresh foliages are still soft, so you can easily pick them by lightly pinching and pulling. I believe that you can also tell from the photo that the leaves are delicate.
We picked a bag of tea in 20 min. When you smell the inside of the bag, it has a fresh green aroma which goes through up your nose. It is quite different from the dry leaves. I guess that the aroma comes from the odor of leaf alcohol (one of the substances of tea).
You can take them home. I wanted to make homemade tea, but I was so tired when I got home. So, I just sautéed them for a dish but I was a bad cook. Hahaha (^^;;