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Tea Ball

CW: This article talks about the passing of mothers in "comfort food".

Tea balls are a small and simple made comfort food for many cilvarthians across the planet Cilvarth. A common food associated with parents, mothers typically make tea balls for children during the short time they are alive to see them.

History

Nobody is quite sure when tea balls were first invented, but their presence has been recorded worldwide for thousands of years. In Aricos, tea balls have been made for up to two thousand years, and are traditionally made with fermented tea leaves, ground up into a paste, and then mixed into a dough, with a tea-flavoured icing piped into fluffy squiggles all over the balls after they were fried in a boiling flower oil.

Traditional Tea Ball

Traditional tea balls are very small, much smaller than they are made today. These ones are made from a tea-infused dough, then fried in flower oil. The type of flower may change the scent of the tea balls, but not by much. Generally, the tea will overpower the scent of the balls.

These tea balls, made in Aricos, are considered the traditional kind. They were some of the first tea balls ever recorded, and are extremely popular to this day. Many stalls in the Aricos Spice Market will sell traditional tea balls, hand-made with love.

Variations

There are endless versions of tea balls that have been made throughout history, throughout the planet. These can range in size, texture, and flavour. A common alternate tea ball is the mega tea ball; its comical name represents the great size of these foods. The world record for the largest tea ball is one metre in diameter, and was consumed by a total of fifty-two people.

Comfort Food

These bite-sized snacks are considered a comfort food for most. Tea balls are the signature food of mothers. Cilvarthians are a semelparous species, meaning they only have one reproductive episode in their entire lives. After laying eggs that take a great toll on their body, they are unable to live much longer. In an effort to make the most of the time with their children, mothers typically make tea balls.

Tea balls remind people of their mothers, which makes them a globally reminiscent and heartwarming treat.

Tea Balls by Mochi
Item type
Consumable, Food / Drink
Dimensions
3x3cm
Related Species
Cilvarthian

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Cover image: Cilvarthian Cliffs by Mochi

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Dec 18, 2022 12:23 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

This is a fun food! I like the little squiggles on it and the competition of enormous tea balls XD The mother dying so soon is sad, but I love that you're having a sentient species having to go through that and the tradition that arose from that, it's a wonderful little detail.

Dec 18, 2022 12:54 by Mochi

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the article <3 My world is generally quite light and happy so I wanted to include some more sadder tones to it, and I am glad to see it was received well!

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Dec 20, 2022 09:45 by Angantyr

I love the warmth of a small treat like that. The fact that it is also strongly connected to the mother's death makes it both more powerful and sad.   Is the tea flavour characteristic of a particular culture or more like a household? Meaning, is the flavour of the tea used in tea balls passed as a memory of the mother?

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Dec 20, 2022 16:37 by Mochi

Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed the article! Many households and family names have signature tea flavours that represent said family, and often these tea balls will exclusively be made with these flavours. They remind people of not only their mothers but their entire families, and every mother that has passed. I hope that made sense, I'm struggling to phrase things right at the moment xD

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Dec 27, 2022 03:31 by Starfarer Theta

I suppose this is additional evidence that the orb is the ultimate shape for our three dimensional frame of reference. This ball of absolute deliciousness is something I have never expected to encounter and must sure be blessed to have had the opportunity to try. Blessed, heh, doesn't come up often given my ongoing circumstances with hopping dimensions, space and what-have-you. I'm going to see how many varieties of these balls I can enjoy before moving on from Cilvarth.   Maybe I'll see if I can take any with me, though I have to be mindful that the more items I try to retain the more unstable the portals can be. I still remember that incident with the yacht that I never meant to take me. Didn't do me much good considering it is probably still rusting away in the middle of that desert.   Back to the topic of tea balls, I may have gotten ahead of myself. I'm still a stranger to the cilvarthians. This group has been surprisingly kind, but that could change depending on what I do next. - Nemo, World Traveler

Dec 31, 2022 23:25 by Jacqueline Yang

Even though context of when people have these tea balls is sad, the food still sounds delicious! And If I had the recipe I'd totally make one!

Jan 19, 2023 21:55 by Mochi

Thank you so much! I am hoping to include a recipe very soon!

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Jan 11, 2023 00:59 by Deleyna Marr

I love exploring your world. I just want to try all of the foods!

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Jan 19, 2023 21:56 by Mochi

Thank you so much! <3 I will be making more foods soon :D

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Jan 19, 2023 21:06 by Elijah Hemlock

I love the story of these tea balls. They sound so yummy and so bittersweet emotionally. I was curious and tea balls are an actual thing in the real world but not quite the same. I couldn't determine how they are kept in the ball shape but it exists! It's supposed to be quite good. There is also of course the ball shaped tea strainer things which is what I actually was thinking of until google showed me the balls of tea leaves.   I just found your world for the New Year Challenge but I'm already kind of in love with it. It seems so sweet and lively, I think I'll pull another article of yours to add to my list if I don't run out of time first. I think adding a couple examples of commonly sold flavors could be fun, even if its just like black tea, green tea, jasmine tea, etc. and not made up flavors based on the world. Another interesting thing on tea balls while I'm thinking of it, some people call boba pearls tea balls, or tea pearls. Have a lovely day!

Jan 19, 2023 22:09 by Mochi

Thank you so much, that is one of the kindest things anyone has said about my world <3 I am so glad you enjoyed this article, despite it being short it's one of the most important cultural foods on this planet. I will definitely include some flavours from the real world! Thank you for the idea :D   Thank you so much for the kind words again! It really does mean a lot to me, this is just a hobby of mine and I'm so glad that other people enjoy my little writings <3

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