This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Large numbers of articles have been tried as substitutes for Chinese tea, but they soon fall into disuse. This is not the case with the sweet-scented golden rod - Solidago odora. Its use commenced among the Germans in the interior of Pennsylvania, probably fifty years ago, and has continued to grow in popular estimation until it has become the exclusive drink in many sections, and has actually become an article of considerable commerce. Large quantities are now sold in Chicago at $1 per pound. Unlike many ventures it has not been palmed off as "Chinese tea, native of Pennsylvania," but is sold for just what it is, and it has worked its own way without trade tricks.