Experimental Farm Network has some seeds from a weeping yaupon holly that was from the northern edge of the native range and old enough to have survived a couple of major blizzards in the region. Picked some up cuz my current pipe dream is breeding cold-resistant yaupon
oh wow hell yeah! please keep /eco/ anons posted on that! i'm in a solid zone 4 but i wonder if you could greenhouse it too!
Definitely. Also currently growing some indoors, gonna see how it does over the winter and determine if it's viable to just grow it as a houseplant.
This is really interesting, I had no idea the fruits of California bay laurel were even edible! Though it sounds like the caffeine thing might actually be a myth?https://www.facebook.com/bluewindschool/posts/have-you-ever-heard-that-california-bay-nuts-actually-seeds-contain-caffeine-or-/10153936234133806/
At the very least, they have some good nutritional value and high fat content.
Thanks for the fact check!
Non-pozzed version of that link for the gamershttps://archive.is/lOOUm
Yaupon was a kind of a large underground plant meme when I lived below the mason-dixen.
Never tried the drink though, is it any good?
I've only had it from one source, but it's pretty decent IMO. If you brew it like a tea, it tastes a lot like yerba mate. You can also brew it by simmering it for 5 minutes, which weirdly (in my experience) mellows the flavor but makes it a lot darker and fuller-bodied, which is nice if you're actually going for a coffee replacement vibe.