Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tea and olives? Ew. Tea olive shrub? Ah!

In certain parts of the country, mostly in the South, there's a lovely shrub that struts its stuff this time of year. It's called the tea olive, and it's basically a bellwether for autumnal temperature changes. When the thermometer swings, the tea olive blooms — and releases a wild, wonderful citrusy scent.



No idea why they're named tea olives. Anyone?

2 comments:

  1. Osmanthus! Often used to flavor teas, particularly oolongs, they'd all over the Hangzhou area (the West Lake of Dragon Well fame).

    No idea why they are called tea olives though.

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