A Lost Delicacy
The yaupon holly was once a widely consumed by Indigenous North Americans in the southeastern region. They enjoyed its steeped leaves as part of regular ceremony and ritual. During early colonization, Europeans identified Yaupon as a promising export staple and it quickly captured European tastebuds and market share. Soon identified as a threat to the Chinese tea import/export business, it was given a functionally inaccurate and unappetizing Latin name in order to destroy public interest in the tea. This effort quickly destroyed any interest in the plant.
As Europeans forcibly removed indigenous people from their native land and homes in North America, the resulting genocide destroyed lives, culture, history, and extensive knowledge of North American terroir and foodshed.
Plants such as the Yaupon Holly are a prime example. It is important to the North American ecosystem, is an edible delicacy with extensive health benefits, a rare caffeine source, and yet it is virtually unknown. What's more, Yaupon still carries the latin name that caused it to be rejected globally - a testament to pervasive misinformation of and loss of indigenous wisdom.
Exceptional Taste, Optimistic Feel
Due to its uplifting, gently energizing effect, native people called yaupon "the drink of social wellness." It tends to provide presence of mind, clear headedness, and an optimistic outlook. This unique experience is attributable to the unmatched balance of caffeine and theobromine - two energizers with different routes of bodily influence.
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system as a fast acting source of energy. Theobromine, known as the bliss molecule and also found in chocolate, stimulates the soft tissues for anxiety-free energy and whole-body lift. Energy from theobromine is long-lasting, with a slower build and decline so there is no "crash."
Adding to yaupons credentials are high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols (greater than coffee or tea), its anti-inflammatory effects, valuable source of vitamins and trace minerals, low tannins, and oxalate free.
A Rare Source of Energy: North America's Only Caffeine Plant
There are very few caffeine containing plants, and while many people are avid tea and coffee drinkers they have no idea one of the worlds rare caffeine plants is local to North America with benefits that outstrip both.
Tea - native to east and southeast asia
Mate - South America
Guayusa - Amazonian rainforest
All other global caffeine plants are seen as a globally traded commodity and delicacy.
One of ten caffeine plants, only one native to NA.