Tea (E)

A British visitor to Dominica may be perplexed by our use of the word "tea". It does not merely refer to an infusion made of dried leaves imported from the Asia. That in Dominica is "green tea". Here, there are many other types of tea: "Cocoa Tea", made of roasted, pounded and grated cocoa beans, and any number of particular "bush teas". The latter is any infusion of herbs, including in certain cases their roots and/or flowers known to cure particular ailments or give relief. There are "hot teas" and "cooling teas". "Tea" also often refers to the first meal of the day, rather than the word "breakfast". This comes from the days of the plantation when "tea" was taken at sunrise before going to work and another "tea" was taken in the middle of the morning.




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