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Tea made from Florida’s yaupon a wonderful discovery

Tea made from Florida’s yaupon a wonderful discovery

I buy local and support small, independent businesses when possible, even when I travel. Unfortunately, my tea addiction hasn’t allowed that, at least until recently.

Are You Drinking Florida-Grown Tea? - From East Coast Current

Are You Drinking Florida-Grown Tea? - From East Coast Current

Usually, I use this space to groan about local politics and unmitigated growth. But this month, I've been given the green light to shamelessly plug my business--Yay! 
So, I'll start with two questions. 1. Do you drink tea? 2. Do you know where your tea comes from? If you do drink tea, you aren't alone. 157 million Americans drink tea every day, and 99.9% of that tea is imported from overseas; mostly from Asia. The reason so much tea, (and I'm talking about the tea plant, camellia sinensis.), is imported,...


Yaupon - A Commerce Commodity For The Ages

Yaupon - A Commerce Commodity For The Ages

For the better part of the past year, Abianne Falla, a founding member of the American Yaupon Association and co-founder of Cat Spring Yaupon, has been working with the Yaupon Brothers and other members of the AYA to help achieve GRAS, (Generally Recognized As Safe), status from the FDA. This is no easy task, and an important component of the case for Yaupon is that it was utilized outside of native ceremonial usage prior to 1958. 

Yaupon was indeed available through trade. We can see evidence of Yaupon in the market from the 18th century journals of John Lawson, and...


Alternative Crops Need To Stick Together! Enter: Yaupon + Florida Hops

Alternative Crops Need To Stick Together! Enter: Yaupon + Florida Hops

Florida is a hotbed for new alternative crops. If a plant has the slightest chance of being the “next big thing,” Florida farmers have tried to grow it. Some of these crops have been more successful than others. Olives, macadamias, and now hops, have become increasingly popular. None of these are native like the Yaupon, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help Florida farmers make ends meet.

That’s why we’ve started working with Richard Smith of Florida Hops LLC, to blend a “calming” Yaupon tea. Hops is renowned for a snappy flavor and aroma, owing to its volatile compounds,...


Yaupon Cocktails Spread Holly-day Cheer

Yaupon Cocktails Spread Holly-day Cheer

It’s that time of year again—when we engage in merriment, food and spirits, sometimes to unbelievable excess. But hey, ‘tis the season, am I right?

In spirit of keeping things merry, we’ve come up with some fun holiday cocktail recipes using Yaupon Brothers American Tea!

 

FLORIDA YAUPON OLDE FASHIONED

First, you’ll need some simple syrup. Any brand will do. Place 5 teabags of Yaupon Brothers Fire-Roasted Warrior directly into an 8oz bottle of simple syrup, and leave it for at least three days. It should assume a green/golden color. You can use this in any recipe!

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