February 28, 2006

A forest of tea

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The city of Guilin, China is named for a "forest of (sweet) osmanthus." The word "lin" translates to forest in Mandarin. Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) is a native shrub whose flowers are used to flavor tea. The flowers vary in color. The flavor extract is typically taken from the gold-orange flower variety.

Sources
New York Times, Feb. 26, 2006
http://www.leffingwell.com/osmanthus.htm


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