I had no idea how many varieties of wheat designs were produced in the 40s-60s in the US! This is the 4th wheat design pattern in my collection, and I still have one more! Do you wonder what made the wheat design so popular during that time? I thought perhaps it was related to the times: the depression, the war, the importance of wheat, and in a sense, that is true. I discovered wheat is a symbol of love and prosperity, home and hearth, harvest and hope, spring and birth, so no wonder everyone hopped on the wheat dinnerware wagon.
Today’s tea is Steven Smith Teamaker’s No. 8 Mao Feng Shui full leaf green tea. I am not really a fan of green tea overall, but I enjoy a cup now and then. The spring harvested Mao Feng Shui is from Zhejiang China, and slightly sweet, with a vegetative taste and aroma. It is mild, and high in antioxidants, producing a pale green brew and the leaves are a green reminiscent to me of spinach–though do not at all taste like spinach, which I do love so that would not likely be a turn-off for me.
In Smith’s numerology, they note No. 8 is
the perfect alignment of two circles, symbolizing the harmonious balance of green tea and whimsy.
I don’t know about the tea and whimsy part, but the cup certainly gives me a sense of whimsy (fleur-de-lis and New Orleans) married with the solidity of wheat: love and hope.