Fire King Peach Lustre: Perfect for smoky lapsang souchong!

Fire King and tea pot

Fire King’s Peach Lustre brings you the tea for today: smoky lapsang souchong.  The earliest date I found for Fire King oven dishes, by Anchor Hocking, was the September 18, 1941 Bayard News from Bayard, Iowa, where Brideson’s Groceries advertised:

OUR FIRE KING BAKE DISHES ARE IN NOW. ASK US HOW YOU CAN GET A SET.

Fire-King Glass from the Glass Encyclopedia references the start of production as 1942, but the newspaper ad predates to 1941.  One of the most popular colors was the Peach Lustre–described as

…iridized peach color with a mirror finish…

…which was a perfect foil to the dark amber of lapsang souchong.  I’ve stored this tea in a glass jar, and it would have been either Harney & Sons or Steven Smith Tea.  It was still delightfully smoky, due to the pine bough smoking process in preparing this tea.  I was making a pot one morning, right after a fire caused by an electric arc from the power lines had burned down our fence, and all the trees along the fence line.  My son asked

Why don’t you just go outside and scoop up some charred wood; it smells just like this.

It was a moment of humor in what had been a bleak occasion, and we began to joke about inventing a new use for the kudzu leaves–as the rapidly burning kudzu had spread the fire quickly:  pine-smoked kudzu tea.  Japan and China have used kudzu as food for thousands of years, and there are any number of recipes or uses for kudzu greens or kudzu flower jelly to be found on the Internet.  It has also been the subject of much research for its health and pharmaceutical benefits.  Probably the greatest danger of consuming kudzu from the wild is the likelihood someone has used pesticide on it in the attempt to kill it, so the moral of this story is know where your kudzu comes from if you plan to eat it!  And it you would like to be educated about kudzu, check out the Smithsonian Magazine story by Bill Finch that really explains the vine that–in spite of the stories–did not truly eat the south.lapsang souchong in Peace Lustre

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14 Responses to Fire King Peach Lustre: Perfect for smoky lapsang souchong!

  1. peggyjoan42 says:

    Interesting post. Kudzu is all over Arkansas. A very invasive weed for most people. Love that cup and saucer.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Good morning, Peggy, and thank you for stopping by. Oh, it is definitely invasive. There should be a law that if you move to a kudzu state, there should be full disclosure when you buy property. :). My grandmother also had a full set of these dishes, but she could have purchased them at their local store. I recall the coffee mugs in this design, and the saucer for the coffee mug was deeper, with a higher lip. My grandfathered “saucered” his coffee, which meant pouring it into the saucer to cool and then drinking from the saucer. My father thought that was strange, as his family had never done such a thing.

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  2. Beth says:

    Love the cup, but I remember your fire and the discussion on a post about the kudzu. Really all we can do is laugh about it’s persistence! I’m glad you mentioned Harney & Sons tea – I enjoy several of their bag varieties.

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  3. janebye says:

    Had to laugh about J’s comment. I don’t think I’d ever heard of kudzu till you moved to MS. 🙂

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  4. janebye says:

    LOL No choking! I often think about Bob/Will, though I guess we can’t blame Will for the kudzu.

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