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Ancient Americans consumed 'vomit drink'


Posted on Wednesday, 8 August, 2012 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A special type of caffeinated drink made from holly leaves was all the rage one thousand years ago.

Evidence of the drink was discovered at the site of the pre-Columbian settlement of Cahokia near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Up to 50,000 people lived there between 1050 and 1350 AD and the infamous 'black drink' was part of their culture, it is believed that it may have been used as part of purification ceremonies.

"We're not sure when Native Americans stopped using black drink," said researcher Thomas Emerson. "I think its use went more into the closet, due to pressure from Europeans to drop pagan practices."

"Caffeine-loaded black drinks apparently dominated the heartland of America earlier than once thought a beverage neither coffee nor cola, but instead brewed from holly leaves, researchers say."

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Comment icon #3 Posted by spud the mackem on 7 August, 2012, 21:00
Are you sure about "ceramic" beakers ? a 1000 yrs ago !
Comment icon #4 Posted by spud the mackem on 7 August, 2012, 21:10
Oh Sahib char wallah come soon !
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hilander on 7 August, 2012, 22:16
I guess this was the original energy drink. Bet they were buzzing around all over the place.
Comment icon #6 Posted by King Fluffs on 8 August, 2012, 13:42
Mmmm, vomit drink. Sounds tasty eh?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Junior Chubb on 8 August, 2012, 15:49
Reverse bulimia, the beginning of the Junk Food Giant?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Atlantia on 8 August, 2012, 22:40
I'll have a diet Puke please!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew on 8 August, 2012, 23:54
Living in the S.E. Youpon, Ilex vomitoria, grows wild in my yard, plus I have a weeping and dwarf leaved form. Dwarf forms are popular locally as ornamentals. My understanding it the leaves can be made into tea and it is the red berries of the female plant (hollies are either male of female) that cause vomiting. Supposedly it is the only native plant in the United States that contains caffeine. I have never made tea from the leaves; I prefer Camellia sinensis, the source of black tea.
Comment icon #10 Posted by csspwns on 9 August, 2012, 1:05
the drink resembles Dr. PUKEper
Comment icon #11 Posted by justcalmebubba on 14 August, 2012, 4:03
pineneedle tea is pritty good once you get past the snakebite of turpintine


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