You cannot blame Arabic agriculturalists for trying to maintain their hold on the coffee trade. During the medieval era there was a tremendous amount of botanical espionage and thievery. Delicious Arabian coffee from Mocha, with its stimulating effect, must have brought a good price, and lust from European countries who wanted in on the lucrative crop. But Arab coffee growers did their best to prevent competition. They dipped coffee seeds into boiling water to prevent them from germinating. But one day, the Dutch got their hands on some untampered seeds and began their own coffee plantations. The rest is history. Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973
I always like to have peppermint growing in my garden. I drink it the way others drink soda pop. I usually don’t add anything to sweeten it, because it is fine alone but a touch of honey is nice. In the old herbals peppermint is used for ailments from A – Z, including nausea, vomiting, flu, hysteria, dizziness, fevers, etc. One source even claims it helps insanity. No wonder it’s so popular! I’d be careful about drinking it too soon before bedtime because it appears to be an excellent diuretic and you might make a lot of trips to the bathroom during the night.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973