The New Substitute for Coffee and Chicory.
'•J»The British Consul at Reunion, in his lust report on thp trade of that island, says that at one time he was besieged with letters from merchants in England asking for information respecting a shrub called "mussaendn," the discovery of which, it had been said in some commercial journals, would deal a severe blow to the coffee and chicory trade. About two years ago a rumor was spread that the berry of this shrub could be advantageously employed as a substitute for coffee and chicory. Its true name is " gaertnera." It grows to about 10ft high, h&s very few leaves, and its branches are wide apart. The berries do not grow all along iho branches.jw is the case with colr'co, but in bunches' at their oxlmni-iio.-i. At present it is only met with in Iho mountains, where it grows in a wild siato ; bun as it is widely disseminated over the forests, the picking of the i'rnil. is ui>i. only an arduous, but, at the samel linio, an expensive process. It is just possible thut,3i( Regular, plantations of.
the shrub were undertaken, "mussaenda" might be produced on an extensive scale, and m ach more cheaply than at present: but evsn then it is doubtful whether, by reason of its inferiority in. fragrance and color, ifc could ever compete with coffee bo such an , extent as to endanger the ,rade in the latter, as has been supposed in England , . '■','.
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The New Substitute for Coffee and Chicory., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2409, 24 April 1890
The New Substitute for Coffee and Chicory. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2409, 24 April 1890
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