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Cassina Yaupon Holly Tea
Ilex Cassine vera Floridanorum “Ilex vomitoria” Yaupon Holly
http://www.walterreeves.com/landscaping/yaupon-holly-make-tea-from-leaves/
https://sensiblesurvival.org/2014/02/01/yaupon-holly-as-a-coffee-substitute/

Cassina does not make you vomit. Both modern scientific analysis and centuries of regular use by Southerners confirms this. Used ritually by Native Americans, perhaps with an emetic added, Europeans observed it used in elaborate purification rituals where men sat in a circle, sung or chanted, and took turns chugging and then throwing up hot cassina.https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-yaupon-tea-cassina?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_2752220

Important Note: Eric Toensmeier has some good advice in his book PerennialVegetables about trying new foods: “Some caution is in order when trying new food for the first time. You can never be entirely certain how your body is going to react. … You can never know if you are going to be allergic to a new food. Even such ordinary foods such as corn, soybeans, and peanuts can cause serious allergies in some people. When trying a new food plant it is prudent to proceed slowly, particularly if you are prone to food allergies.”



Only cut new, lighter green growth, not mature growth.
Mash the leaves in a mortar and pestle prior to roasting.
Roast the leaves for 8 minutes at 300 F instead of 8 minutes at 400F.

After roasting the crushed leaves and allowing them to cool for a few minutes, crumble enough of them to fill one TBS.
Steep the leaves in one cup of boiling water for five minutes.

The resulting beverage had a light green color, much like green tea with a grassy aroma. The infusion did not have as much body as a green tea but was not weak either.

The author of the article: found it refreshing and without the bitterness of yerba mate. It had just a hint of roasted flavor; not too much to overpower the other flavors. About twenty minutes after drinking it, an almost euphoric caffeine effect began.


or
1. Pick some new leaves and stems.
2. Lightly toast in the oven at 300F until the leaves begin to brown.
3. Take 1 tablespoon of leaves and stems and add to 2 cups boiling water.
4. Steep for 3 minutes and enjoy.


If you’re a tea drinker, then it’s time to determine the genders of the yaupon bushes in your neighborhood. Like many of you, I prefer to brew our tea solely from females even if recent research at UF failed to detect many differences in the chemical constituents of male and female leaves.

Per Francis E. “Jack” Putz: Yaupon tea has a bad name
If you’re a tea drinker, then it’s time to determine the genders of the yaupon bushes in your neighborhood. Like many of you, I prefer to brew our tea solely from females even if recent research at UF failed to detect many differences in the chemical constituents of male and female leaves.
What UF researchers did find is that yaupon leaves contain about as much caffeine as Asian tea, with which it once competed for a global market share. Not only was yaupon tea consumed daily throughout the Southeast, it was exported in barques and sloops to be marketed as cassina in England and Appalachina in France. Note that the “asi” in “cassina” is the Muskogee name for the plant, as in “Asi Yahola,” which means “Black Drink Singer” and comes to us in the familiar name “Osceola,” the famous Seminole leader.
Even more remarkable than all that caffeine, UF researchers found that yaupon leaves have the anti-oxidation potential of blueberries. The leaves are chock full of various isomers of chlorogenic acid, coumaric acid, and a cocktail of flavonoids. Concentrations of these compounds, as well as the psychoactives caffeine and theobromine, are especially high in leaves from nitrogen-fertilized female plants.
To make a cup of yaupon tea, strip the leaves off a branch, blanch them black in a skillet, and then dry them in a cool oven. Crunch up the crispy leaves and brew them as you would any other tea.

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Date: 2018-09-08 04:45 pm (UTC)
konsectatrix: (tea; the agony of the leaf)
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Oh very cool. I want to try this.

FYI, regarding the emetic thing, regular black asian tea can make you vomit if brewed strong and gulped down before eating. DON'T ASK HOW I KNOW.

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