What is Yaupon?

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What Is Yaupon?​

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Yaupon holly, native to the Southeast United States, has been used by native Floridians for centuries. Yaupon is the only native “tea” shrub (which can grow into a tree) indigenous to North America that has a significant amount of caffeine. The plant's leaf is also high in antioxidants. Many who have come to enjoy the benefits of yaupon find it to be an all-natural way to begin or add a boost to their day.

How Our Yaupon Is Harvested

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Because the Emerald Coast Tea Cos. wild harvest yaupon is indigenous to Northwest Florida, it matures untouched by human hands. Our raw product grows wild, free of pesticides and fertilizers; it is truly organic.

It Is Said That Yaupon:

Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Studies have shown that the quercetin and kaempferol 3-O-rutinosides contained in yaupon affect the inflammatory process associated with many diseases including colon cancer.

Helps to Stave Off Osteoporosis
The high levels of antioxidants assist in preventing the ravages of osteoporosis by staving off many destructive properties associated with bone tissue loss.

Supports Good Liver Health
Yaupon's quercetin and kaempferol 3-O-rutinosides promote good liver health and aid in the management of inflammatory diseases while affording protection against oxidative damage to the liver.

Aids in the Prevention Of Some Forms of Cancer
Because yaupon is high in antioxidants – and contains significant levels of quercetin and kaempferol 3-O-rutinosides – it can aid in the prevention of certain forms of cancers through its effect on the management of free radicals.

Yaupon Is Naturally Caffeinated

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The yaupon leaf is the only natural caffeine producing tea shrub in North America. Some studies have shown that yaupon delivers a lower dose of caffeine in a more effective way that does not produce the "jitters" associated with the consumption of coffee.

​Yaupon: 'The Black Drink'

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Native Americans called yaupon tea "the black drink." The name of Florida's most famous Native American, Osceola, meaning "Black Drink Crier," is based on yaupon. The Spanish called the tea "cassina," and residents at Tallahassee's Mission San Luis drank it more than a 100 years before the Seminoles moved south into Florida.
The flavor profile, I don’t think, is too far off from a black tea. The tannin structures are a little bit different.
 - Jason James, Owner of The Odd Duck Restaurant from an article published by NPR