Photos of Yaupon Holly, Ilex vomitoria

Ilex vomitoria, Yaupon or Asi is North America's only caffeine-containing plant; the leaves are also loaded with antioxidants. It's time for America to embrace the yaupon holly, the sacred ceremonial beverage of First Nation peoples throughout the Southeast. Also known as black drink, do an internet search for yaupon tea or asi tea and you will discover boutique purveyors of America's most important forgotten beverage.

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