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Poppy tea

Posted on by royvickery |

2014-09-08 14.29.44A 27-year-old man in Milford Haven, south Wales, has died after drinking a home-brewed tea made with crushed poppy seeds. Four years ago another local man died in similar circumstances:
‘Wild poppies [Papaver rhoeas] can legally be picked … to make teas. During the 19th century it was a widespread practice throughout the country and, according to studies, is in the midst of a revival, especially during the summer months.’
[The Times, 1 January 2014].

Image:  Bledlow, Buckinghamshire; September 2014.

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