National Geographic : 1961 May
Authors' 4,000-mile tour covers five islands; map supplement details places they visited KODACHROME© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Amphibious Jeep, steamer, airplane, and military con voy carried the Schreiders across Sumatra, Java, Bali, Nias, and Madura. Southeast Asia Atlas sheet charts all the islands of Indonesia. A subsequent article by the Schreiders will cover the Less er Sunda Islands that stretch to the east. Tea Pickers of Subang Gather Tender Leaves Dutch colonists in Java first tried growing tea from Japan and China in the early 1800's, but without much financial success. Not until the turn of the century, with tea from Assam in India, did the in dustry flourish. Tea demands tropical heat and heavy rainfall. Para doxically, the finest varieties thrive on mountain slopes, where cooler air slows growth and increases flavor. Constant pruning keeps the plants short and bushy. Harvesters take only young leaves and buds. A plucker can pick as much as 50 pounds daily, enough to make almost 10 pounds of dried tea. These pickers work on an estate in West Java.