This grade of tea contains leaves and leaf-pieces that are smaller than Orange PekoeOrange Pekoe This tea include many whole leaves of a specific size, typically larger leaves. This is the primary grade for most tea lives, particularly those marketed in the United States. (It actually doesn't have anything to do with citrus fruit.) or PekoePekoe Quite likely an anglicization of a Chinese dialect term for tea leaves or buds. It is now used to refer to the basic grade of tea leaf. teas. This is the primary grade of broken leaf tea, which is common in Assam, Ceylon, Southern India, Java & China. This particular leaves were the first harvested when the season began.