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Food Trivia Some Trivia on Tea

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by donna, May 19, 2016.

  1. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    There are many interesting tidbits or trivia on teas. I learned most of these from book, "Country Tea Parties" by Maggie Stuckey.

    In ancient times, tea leaves were made into bricks and used as money.

    Herb teas are lighter in color than brewed black tea. However you judge its readiness by fragrance and taste and not its color.

    When one uses a screw together tea ball, fill it only 1/2 full as loose tea expands several fold when it steeps.

    Store sugar cubes for your tea in a jar with whole cloves or cinnamon sticks. The cubes will absorb the spicy fragrance.

    Stash ice tea glasses in the freezer an hour before the party.

    A "cream tea" is an afternoon tea in Britain. It features scones and clotted cream.

    Afternoon tea was invented by the Duchess of Bedford in the mid 1800s. She wanted to tide herself over for a very late dinner. She had her maid serve small sandwiches and cake with her afternoon tea. Thus, a new fashion was born.

    If a small bit of loose tea floats to the top of your cup, you will soon be visited by an intriguing stranger.

    A slash of any fruit flavored liqueur in your favorite hot tea makes a delicious treat.

    Earl Grey tea is named for the 19th century Englishman who served as diplomat to China. He learned to enjoy the orange scented tea blend that now bears his name.

    Teas made from rose hips are rich in vitamin C. Rose hips are the cranberry size red fruits that develop after the flowers are faded.

    The British drink an average of six cups of tea per day per person.

    "The agony of the flowers" is when covered with boiling water, the dried, twisted leaves of loose tea slowly unfurl.

    An old superstition holds that if two women pour tea from the same pot, one of them will give birth to a redheaded child within a year.

    A special treat for someone feeling down or blue is to sweeten herbal tea with fruit preserves.

    The medicinal value of certain herbs is well established. Tea brewed from them is healing as well as soothing. Some favorite teas for colds and sore throats are horehound, mint, lemon, balm and sage. One for nausea or cramps are peppermint. For digestive calm are anise, fennel and lemon verbena.

    Therefore, for good health and well being, drink tea everyday. It is good for you and your soul.
     
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  3. Brenal

    Brenal First Sergeant Trivia Game Winner

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    "The British drink an average of six cups of tea per day per person"

    I guess I'm not your average Brit......I hate the stuff!
     
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    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    Brenal Are you a coffee drinker? Some like coffee, some like tea and some like both. I like both very much.

    Have a good day.
     
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    GELongstreet 1st Lieutenant Trivia Game Winner

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    I´m no Brit at all, but my prefered tea cups are not average either ... 800ml and 500ml.
     
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    I drink 5 or 6 cups of breakfast tea a day and only from thin, white China cups. I have my own favourite one and hate it, when my wife washes it. Or my mother comes round and tries to! (The brown stains inside do not bother me.)
    I hate a dark or fat cup and could not drink tea from one. I could for coffee. If I go to someone's house, choosing a mug is important and can determine if I have tea or coffee.
    Yes; I am weird.
     
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    It could be argued that tea played role in birth of the notorious Cosa Nostra, and organized crime in Sicily. Tea increased the demand on lemons, and those lemongardens in Sicily were the first places organized crime-families started to collect money for "protection". If you did not pay, your lemontrees caught fire. :nerd:
     
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    I like both, tea and coffee. But, if I had to choose one, it definitely would be tea. Nothing beats high quality Assam black tea. Leaves freely simmering in a pot for 7 minutes, then pour it to the cup and add little honey.. thats the way I like it. I use teabags only in extreme conditions or at gunpoint :smile coffee:
     
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    A special tea cup is important for tea. I collect tea cups and have special ones for different occasions.

    I also have a special coffee mug. It was one my grandkids gave me and say "We love Grandma". I collect coffee mugs too.
     
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    I love tea. As a true Southern born redneck, iced tea is my preferred drink, or at least it was until diabetes forced me to change. Now I drink green tea, 5-6 cups per day, unsweetened. I definitely understand the British love of tea.
     
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    This explains my red hair! :laugh:

    I have a collection of tea cups, too. There's a myth that tea actually tastes better from bone china tea cups. Not sure I believe that. However, I will say tea steeped in a Brown Betty teapot does have a richer, more robust taste. It's all in the special clay used to produce the pots. I picked mine up in England, but you can order them online. I know @LoriAnn enjoys the English Tea Store, so here's a link to the famous teapot.

     
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    Oh, this store is such a temptation! I'm a sucker for the floral and butterfly designs, but just when I think I've narrowed things down, I see another teapot that I like. Then I remember I don't really need a teapot. :laugh:

    Though the one I have is only a 2 cup. It would be nice to have a slightly larger one for family teas. :whistling:

    I can understand this. I don't know if taste is affected, but I can see the visual and tactile elements coming into play.

    I only like my tea doctored up, just like my coffee. I can't quite figure out how people drink either plain.

    Me too! My tea cups belonged to my grandmother and great grandmother. My coffee mugs are special purchases I've made from pottery makers.
     
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    Brenal First Sergeant Trivia Game Winner

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    Yes Donna, I drink coffee any way that it comes, from hot black and strong to any of the myriad of ways that modern baristas can conjure it up these days.

    The Sons of Liberty had the right idea.
     
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    I am not the biggest fan of tea,but when we go out for Chinese food I will have some tea.I do not have the standard tea oolong tea that they give everyone but ask for Jasmine tea.they bring you out a tea pot of boiling water with the tea leaves in it and you have to let it steep for a while.it is a light tea with a very unique flavor.
     
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    Some interesting facts! While tea is not something I indulge in regularly, it is a treat upon occasion. Am not a connoisseur and thus have not sampled many flavors or types, but like iced teas too.
     
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    I love tea of all kinds and even all the things that come with it - pretty teapots and teacups and even the occasional cosie. And of course the gossip that goes with it! I love coffee too. I'm southern so there is always a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge, year round. I wish I was in Knoxville today. I'm missing this: http://www.mabryhazen.com/tea/
     
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    Trivia on Children's Tea Sets.

    I have several children tea sets. The tea sets were originally created in the late 19th century by china manufacturers as salesmen samples. However, when they showed them to homemakers, the mothers wanted to buy the tiny sets for their children.
     
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    JPK Huson suggested I bump some of my Tea Threads, so here is one.
     

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