Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pic Today 2/4/10

Today's blog should "suit you to a TEA" . . .

QUESTION: What do camellias (and by the way, camellias are in bloom in the Linnean House right now at the Missouri Botanical Garden) have in common with tea (and by the way, Global Foods in Kirkwood sells more than 200 different brands and packages of tea)?

ANSWER: Both come from the same plant! Camellia sinensis is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. When trimmed waist-high, this evergreen is cultivated for its leaves. When left to grow full height, camellias become magnificent trees with beautiful flowers.

QUESTION: What do white tea, green tea and black tea have in common?

ANSWER: They all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis! Depending on when the leaves are picked, each tea is processed differently to attain different levels of oxidation . . . but it is exactly the same leaf, from the same plant.

Now THAT is one versatile, flavorful and beautiful plant!

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