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Caffeine: just an apparent pick-me-up?

Caffeine is a stimulating component of luxury foods such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, cola, mate, guarana, and cocoa. It is colloquially referred to in teas as “Teein” or “Thein”. Caffeinated plants are common in warm climates. It is found in the seeds and leaves of the

Poppy seeds: gray gold from the Waldviertel

In the Austrian Waldviertel, where poppy seeds are grown on a large scale, the landscape blooms in beautiful red in springtime. Poppy cultivation has a long tradition here. Poppy cultivation in the Waldviertel dates back to the 13th century.  Monks brought the “gray gold” from