would you like some golden flowers?

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Would you like some golden flowers?

I will take it, happily!
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I will drink it, not without hesitation...
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I will drink it, although it seems risky to do so...
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No votes
I will not take it, although feeling tempted...
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No votes
I will not take it, no way!
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35%
Other (please elaborate...)
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4%
 
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would you like some golden flowers?

Postby gingkoseto » Dec 17th, '10, 13:26

I am curious to find out how people think of the fungal growth on Fu Zhuan brick. If someone passes you a cup of tea made from this Fu Zhuan with a lot of "golden flowers" (the fungus seen as yellow dots). What will your response be? :D

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby entropyembrace » Dec 17th, '10, 15:28

ewwwwwwwwww :shock:

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby mosshorn » Dec 17th, '10, 16:20

If i found out I wouldn't get sick from it, sure why not. I actually thinking finding a hair in my shu is worse than this :oops:

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby TIM » Dec 17th, '10, 17:38


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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby Tobias » Dec 17th, '10, 18:58

I think I'll pass.

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby entropyembrace » Dec 17th, '10, 19:03



looks like mold, I see definite colonies.

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby gingkoseto » Dec 17th, '10, 19:21



It's definitely not bloom. It's fungal growth. But maybe mold is not a proper word for it either. So let's just call it golden flower :D

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby TIM » Dec 17th, '10, 19:47

gingkoseto wrote:


It's definitely not bloom. It's fungal growth. But maybe mold is not a proper word for it either. So let's just call it golden flower :D



If it's still growing... I'll certainly pass :shock:

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby edkrueger » Dec 18th, '10, 12:07

Oh, I am kicking my self for not buying something other than tea with bloom on it day before yesterday...

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby edkrueger » Dec 18th, '10, 12:12

Some species of yellow mold are toxic. Boiling water will probably kill the mold, but it DOES NOT make the toxic chemicals go away.

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby gingkoseto » Dec 18th, '10, 12:43

edkrueger wrote:Some species of yellow mold are toxic. Boiling water will probably kill the mold, but it DOES NOT make the toxic chemicals go away.

It's generally agreed among most, if not all, tea chemistry researchers that the "golden flowers" in Fu Zhuan brick are not toxic. I think that's what makes the question interesting :D But being non-toxic doesn't mean people should not dislike it. Besides it's not guaranteed nobody is allergic to it (although no such case recorded). There are people who are allergic to even white mushrooms.

If there are people who like food/drink with known toxic mold, I say they are really courageous :mrgreen:

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby edkrueger » Dec 18th, '10, 13:11

I didn't know that there was research done on the matter. A really large and varied sample size would be important here. The yellow mold on one cake stored in one way in one place might not the same as the yellow mold on another cake stored in a different way in a different place. As you say, allergies might also be a problem.

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby edkrueger » Dec 18th, '10, 13:16

It appears there are quite a few Aspergillus species which are toxic and allergenic and some of the nontoxic ones are allergenic.

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Re: would you like some golden flowers?

Postby TIM » Dec 18th, '10, 16:09

I think the best way to know the difference is to have both the Fu Zhuan brick samples (with/without Golden Flowers) tasting side by side. Dont you agree Gingkose?

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