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May 30, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
What’s the only endemic caffeinated plant in the United States that grows prolifically in the harsh Outer Banks environment? You guessed it – yaupon. Popularized by Native Americans, yaupon is a black tea that became popular during the Civil War when ports were blockaded and the transport of English tea was impossible. “One lot of yaupon tea” was listed in Adam Dough Etheridge’s estate sale in 1869, illustrating the continued value and use of the plant, even after the Civil War. This program is hands-on and will explore the steps required to make yaupon tea – starting with collecting and stripping the leaves from the plant itself. Samples of yaupon tea will be available. This program is included with the cost of admission to Island Farm.