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Title: Peter Parley’s tales about Asia : with a map and numerous engravings
Year: 1830 (1830s)
Authors: Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860
Publisher: Boston : Gray & Bowen and Carter & Hendee
Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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arleys tales op ASIA. Ol These are picked off, usually in the morningwhile the dew is upon them, they are thenrolled on iron plates, and dried in the sun. The best kind of tea is carefully rolled, leafby leaf, by women. After the tea is prepared,it is put into boxes lined with thin sheets oflead, and trodden down with the naked feet.Thus packed, it is carefully and closely covered,and sent to market. The people of China do not drink their teaas we do, with sugar and milk. They takeit without these accompaniments, and use itrather for health than for pleasure. It is re-markable, that this plant flourishes in no otherparts of the world than China and Japan. It grows spontaneously in both countries,yet in China it is cultivated to an immense ex-tent. It sometimes grows on high rocks andledges, which are not easily accessible. Theingenious Chinese have monkeys, which they How is tea prepared for market by the Chinese 1In what countries only does the tea plant grow 1 parleys tales of ASIA.
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Mo:>iKEYS gatiieki^ng tea. 58 PARLEY S TALES OP ASIA. teach to strip the tea leaves from the trees, insuch situations. The monkeys, when they do well, are sureto receive from their masters something toeat. If they behave ill, they are equally cer-tain of being beaten. Tea was first brought from China to Eu-rope, about 200 years ago. Previous to thattime, it was not known in Europe. It wasmany years after, that it began to be used inNew England. I remember very well, tohave heard a man who lived in the interior of j^Massachusetts, give an account of the first tea^he ever saw. His father had received a small quantityfrom a friend in Boston. The family hadheard of tea, but had never learned the mys-tery of cooking it. In the first place, a por-tion of it was boiled in a kettle, and then theyattempted to eat the leaves. These they found very bitter, and concluded When was tea first brought to Europe! iiit parleys tales of ASIA. 59 that they had not hit upon the right methodof cooking i
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