Who knew? I always imagined the Boston Tea party as groups of men throwing tea leaves overboard.
I must have been asleep in American History Class. The tea that they threw into the harbor was in bricks..compressed dehydrated bricks. If you want to make tea from one of these bricks you must shave some of the brick off and steep it in warm water.
These bricks were formed because it was easier to transport that way. (By camel in the Far East) The bricks were often used as currency. ( I read that sometimes a filler of dung was put in with the tea..and yak blood..uffda)
I suppose this is just one more thing I will have to add to my list of the things I should have known..but for some reason or another it has escaped me all these years.
Perhaps when China calls in their loans we can pay them with tea..guess I should keep one eye open for yaks for sale:)