Here is a nice quote to start your week off with a nice cup of tea on Afternoon Tea4Two.
“It was a riveting battle…, although one where clotted cream, jam and scones were the weapons instead of the usual weapons instead of pistols, swords and knives.”
― Jen Turano, Diamond in the Rough
National Asparagus Day is on 23rd April for all asparagus lovers to enjoy lots of different recipes which include asparagus.
The website British Asparagus are counting down the days to 23rd April.
Their site is full of recipes, how to cook asparagus, facts about asparagus, where to buy asparagus, how to grow asparagus, health facts about asparagus and videos on asparagus.
One fascinating fact is that ‘Asparagus is dubbed the Usain Blot of the vegetable world as British asparagus can grow up to 10cm in one day!’ (ooh must try and grow some).
On a healthy note, eating asparagus promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine and can help reduce bloating.
St. George’s Day has also become synonymous with National Asparagus Day, as the date marks the start of the English Asparagus.
The British Asparagus Festival is normally held on this day but due to Covid-19 is not taking place. For many years, Vale of Evesham asparagus has become more and more popular following the success of the famous asparagus auctions at The Fleece Inn at Bretforton. Talks between tourism industry providers and local growers took place to decide how the area could capitalise on this popularity and “fill in” the week between the auctions at The Fleece with other asparagus related events.
According to National Awareness Days every year, the “100 round” – comprising of 120 spears are delivered to a special recipient by Gus the Asparagus Man, together with a fleet of Morgan cars. At his side is the world-renowned asparagus fortune teller, Jemima Packington, Saint George himself and the Asparagus Fairy, together with a retinue of Morris Dancers and colourful characters, all dressed in green. Hopefully all will be back to normal next year.
1.In the 400-600’s demand for tea being used as a medicinal drink rose in China.
2. Tea in Japan during this period was rare and expensive, and enjoyed most by high priests and the aristocracy.
3. During 648-749 a Japanese Monk Gyoki planted the first tea bushes in 49 Buddhist temple gardens.
4. Buddhism and tea devotion spread and the Japanese Buddhist Saint and Priest Saicho and Monk Kubo Daishi, brought tea seeds and cultivation and manufacturing tips back from China and planted them in the gardens in Japanese temples.
5. In 951 a period when disease was rife, Kuya started Obukucha, green tea served at the New Year to ward off illness.
6. Tea is first mentioned in the ancient texts as an offering. In the Buddhist scriptures it is often spoken as an offering made to the Buddha.