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Victorian Gen Ig/Eating/Ceylon

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Bunter
163129.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:09 am Reply with quote

FROM SUZE IN DVD LAND:

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Which beverage put Ceylon on the map?

F: Tea

A: Coffee

Until 1869, the main crop was coffee, and few estates showed any interest in growing tea. But that year, a fungal disease killed the entire coffee crop of the island and made a change of crop inevitable. After a brief flirtation with cinchona (the plant from whose bark quinine is made), tea took over during the 1870s. Chillies are grown in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), but are and have always been a minor crop as compared to tea.


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