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Hummingbird tea

Hummingbird tea

After the Boston Tea Party led to a shortage of imported tea in the young United States, thirsty Americans followed the lead of the Oswego Indians, who long had brewed tasty tea from the leaves of the monarda (also known as bergamot and bee balm). Meanwhile, hummingbirds continued to delight in the pitcher-shaped flowers of the monarda, perfect for sipping their preferred beverage, nectar. Tea party with hummingbirds: a lovely prospect.

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Last updated by curious on June 26, 2010

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