Universi-tea: For All the Tea in China

Last week I read an interesting article in the Tea Tuesdays section of The Salt entitled “The Scottish Spy Who Stole China’s Tea Empire.”  The post was primarily about a book: For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose.

The book tells the tale of Robert Fortune, a man from humble Scottish beginnings, who became the horticulturist who traveled through China multiple times to learn the secrets of Chinese tea and steal seedlings for the British Empire to start producing tea in India.

The book begins:

There was a time when maps of the world were redrawn in the name of plants, when two empires, Britain and China, went to war over two flowers: the poppy and the camellia.

I’m not a huge history buff, but this book was a fairly quick read and quite interesting.  I would recommend it if you’re interested in learning just how you can get that great cuppa today.


About thestashbuckler

I'm a 30-something California girl recently transplanted to the Midwest, where at least I have a good excuse for the enormous amounts of stash Yarrrrrrrrrn that I seem to have accumulated. I have a wonderful husband (who has hobbies and collections of his own) and a fabulous group of knitting mateys. Join me as I fumble through life and knitting!

Posted on March 21, 2015, in books and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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