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    In 1773 the colonist dumped tea in Boston harbor... right? So what did they sip after that? Sweet Goldenrod tea of course. Yep, thats right, tea "made from equal parts of sweet goldenrod (solidago odora), betony, red clover, and New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus)".


    Goldenrod (The Patriotic Species)

    Sweet goldenrod, sometimes called blue mountain tea, has a rich history. Long before the arrival of Europeans, the Native Americans so appreciated its taste that they flavored other medicinals with it. After the Boston Tea Party in 1773, patriotic colonists devised a substitute for China tea called Liberty Tea, made from equal parts of sweet goldenrod, betony, red clover, and New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus). Later, sweet goldenrod became a cash crop in the United States; it was even exported to China, where it sold at high prices as a tea substitute.

    To make tea from sweet goldenrod, harvest the plants just before they come into bloom, usually in August. If you wait too long, the leaves may have a slightly acrid or bitter taste. You may strip the leaves from the stems and place them on trays in a single layer or dry the stalks upside down in bundles and strip off the dried leaves. Provide good air circulation and avoid direct sunlight. When the leaves are thoroughly crisp, store them in jars with tight-fitting lids, out of the sun.

    Use a teaspoonful of the dried herb to a cup of boiling water and steep five minutes or to taste. A half-and-half mixture of sweet goldenrod and peppermint makes an unusual, sweet beverage.

    From an article by Jill Jepson in The Herb Companion, August/September 1993

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    cool
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    Hi Mike.
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    Government exploits you at the point of a gun.

    As long as you limit the power of the latter, the former can only exploit by providing better products, services and options. if they collude, then all bets are off. But that is a problem with government--in that case fascism--not capitalism.

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    Interesting tidbit. Also sounds like it might be quite refreshing.
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    Hey Mike!

    I read somewhere that the boycott of English tea is what ushered in the love of coffee.
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    Hmmmmmmmm, I think I will try to grow these!

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    Hi everyone..

    I found an online nursery that has the Sweet Goldenrod and New Jersey Tea.
    Shooting Star Nursery

    When I get back home I'm going to check with my local nursey for availability.


    It's time for a little LiberTea!

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    Cool thread, I've had tea made from pine needles before. Tastes about like you expect. Also a invasive plant known as Indian Berry or False Strawberry, it grows everywhere here in Texas/Arkansas - it makes a good healthy tea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMike View Post
    Hi everyone..

    I found an online nursery that has the Sweet Goldenrod and New Jersey Tea.
    Shooting Star Nursery

    When I get back home I'm going to check with my local nursey for availability.


    It's time for a little LiberTea!

    TMike
    Hey thanks! I have been searching for New Jersey Tea! Thats the only ingredient I cant seem to find here locally. I'll check it out! Thanks again!

    Edit: I found someone who I just got off the phone with in MO.

    http://www.easywildflowers.com/quality/cea.amer.htm

    He has plants and ships all over the US.
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