Tea VarietiesEdit

  • Evening Tea, "meant to relax a body and ease it toward a full night's slumber"[1]
  • glys-blossom tea -- the favored variety of Elsu Meriandra, Ren Zel's wife[2]
  • Grey Pearl; "the flavoor--more smoke and less roses--as the beverage cooled"[3]
  • Hightide Stone of the Sea (Jethri's rendering in Terran of the Liaden name; served at a nuncheon by Master ven'Deelin)[4]
  • Joyful Sunrise
    • Anne's favored morning blend[5]
    • a single stasis-sealed tin fetches at least a cantra on the open market[6]
    • scent: "delicate, with a sharp undernote that promised alertness"[7]
    • flavor: "rose, citrus, new rain. Beneath was a tang of ozone, edgy and exciting, as revitalizing as a snap of ammonia beneath the nose"[7]
  • Lishanea spring-morning[8]
  • McWhortle's Special Wake-Up Blend -- a Terran variety; Luken bel'Tarda keeps a supply in his warehouse[9]
  • Morning Sunrise[10]
  • Morning's Fresh Blush[11]
  • smoky morning tea (a description, rather than a name)[12]
  • Smoky Black [13]
  • Peppermint tea
  • Rose Tint -- Clarence's 3rd favorite[14]
  • Supa Oolong Dark ("the best tea in the universe"[15])
  • Vadanya tea -- "festive"[16]
  • Vertuna blend — Namesake Vertu, by whim of clan Wylan predecessor[17]
  • Vodamorang blend - said to be lightly calming[14]
  • yellobud tea — acceptable if steeped for half the Surebleak norm [17]
  • zymuth veska -- a Liaden variety, a preference for which speaks of consequence and good taste[18]
  • unnamed, "a pleasant blend", with "dark green top notes" and a "darker, nutty undernote"[19]

Wine VarietiesEdit

(Needs to be sorted)

  • Green Nogalin - an aphrodisiac, banned on about three-quarters of the Terran worlds[20]
  • Ice wine - "The grapes are left on the vine after they are ripe and allowed to dehydrate somewhat, thereby concentrating the sugars and producing complexities not usually found in traditional wine. After the first frost, they are harvested and pressed while still frozen. Consumed within the year, it is a dessert wine; aging for five to ten years in the barrel will produce a smoother, dryer finish."[19]
  • Jade
  • Autumn Wine - produced on Surebleak in limited quantity, deteriorates rapidly [21]
  • an unidentified wine introduced to Jethri by Master ven'Deelin: "Dry, bitter with tannin, and - just as he was about to ask for water - a surprising and agreeable tang of lemon."[22]
  • Canary[23][24]
  • cha'Ravia - "a spirited wine fit for extremely quiet dinners", reputed to be an aphrodisiac[25]
  • Felinada - one of the premier wines produced by Clan Tarnia[26]
  • Misravon - an Altanian wine, fine but not as fine as Misravot; stored out of the light, at a regulated temperature, when not being served[26]
  • Misravot
    • an Altanian wine, finer than Misravon; stored out of the light, at a regulated temperature, when not being served[26]
    • "Misravot—at least this glass of the same, in lighting adjusted to local seeing and star colors—was pure, unadulterated blue. There were gemstones of the first water that boasted a blue so pure"[26]
    • "smooth in the mouth, and the flavor—as he recalled it—tart, with an overnote of sweet-blooming flowers packing behind it a complex secondary set of notes and flavors."[26]
    • "pale blue"[27][28]
    • with a "burnt cinnamon taste"[27]
    • Daav's preferred wine (although he is not particularly fond of it)[29]
    • He swirled the pale blue liquid in the delicately-stemmed goblet. "Altanian wine—misravot."[30]
  • morning wine[31]
  • Red
  • Simmin - "tart"[32]
  • Summer Wine - Langlast[33]
  • White
  • yos'Postal - "a fine wine for quiet moments, and of subtle palate"[25]

Other BeveragesEdit

  • Bloosharie
    • "tended toward the reddish-purple side of things"[26]
    • there is a candy with a thin shell of "darkcho" around a soft filling "made mostly of bloosharie"[34]
  • Blusharie
    • "Don't never gulp Blusharie, whether it's smooth or whether it's not. If it ain't smooth, gulping it will knock you off your pins so hard you'll think you had a code red collision. If it is smooth, you'll be wasting one of the rare joys of this life and didn't deserve to have it."[35]
    • Genuine Smooth Blusharie comes in a blue bottle, corked and sealed with gold foil, inside a green cloth bag tied with a silver cord. The liquid inside is "gem-colored", with "amber depths". "It all but took his breath, that sip, leaving a smooth tartness on his tongue and tingling at the back of his throat. Fiery and mellow at once"[35]
  • Blusherrie - a blue liquid, served in a tall glass, that burns down the throat and leaves the drinker feeling drowsy and at peace[36]
  • Coffee
    • Lankshire Lakes Bold[11]
    • Merc Super - when a Mec cook dumped real ground coffee into a pot and kept it at near biol for a day or two, so as to always be ready for a needy troop. [11]
  • Coffeetoot (or 'toot) - "chicory-laden synthetic coffee substitute"[37][38][39] - Merc Standard [11] - served on Surebleak at poorer food stands.[11]
  • Genwin Kaffe[40]
  • Gwiffa Juice —- a Surebleak drink, nonalcoholic[41]
  • Klah[42]
  • Kynak[42] - low quality alcohol favored by mercenanies
  • Lemon water
  • 'Mite - thick and yellow and smelling of yeast, with a recipe that places nutrition over flavor, dates from the early days of Terran space travel; Spacers drink it for pleasure, but nobody else'll touch it[43] except the occasional Liaden Scout.[44] Served hot.[45]
  • Montora juice - blue, with an astringent taste, on Langlast it is drunk as a palate cleanser between courses of a banquet[33]
  • Oonla - drunk on Langlast, something like tea or coffee but not either of those[46]
  • Peace tea - drunk on Skardu, has a narcotic effect[47]
  • 'Retto[42]
  • Truecafe (a shorthand for "real coffee, not 'toot"?)[48]
  • Yittle - a yeast and caffeine drink added to the breakfast selection at the request of Diglon Rifle[49]
  • Beer [21][50]

Fruits, Vegetables, Berries, NutsEdit

  • Bluefruits -- berries found in some parts of Surebleak[51]
  • Bush-nuts -- provided by Yulie Shaper on Surebleak; may be tasty in cookies[19]
  • Cabbage -- farm produce on Surebleak, orange-striped [51]
  • Cobrok -- vegetable grown on Langlast, green in color and spicy of flavor[33]
  • Eklist -- vegetable grown on Langlast, orange in color and sweet of flavor[33]
  • Fieldbeans -- farm produce on Surebleak, not to be confused with tankbeans or jellybeans[52]
  • Frenal nuts -- brought by the birds to Pris [52]
  • Harvest plum -- brought by the hawk to Pris [52]
  • Kelchin fruit (which are nuts) [53]
  • Laster -- a fruit very popular on Andiree[54]
  • Milaster -- the edible kernel of the laster fruit[54]
  • Pesselberries [53]
  • Poorbellows -- edible fungus, Suzan Fillips' desired delicacy[2]
  • Snowits -- vegetable grown on Langlast, yellow in color and bland of flavor[33]
  • Spudfruit -- farm product on Surebleak, also raised in home gardens, one is "easily a meal or two for the kid and his family"[51]
  • Torups -- root vegetables grown by Yulie Shaper and given to Mrs. ana'Tak: "He says they don't go well at the market, and they don't save good. He gave me a recipe."[55]
  • Tubers -- farm produce on Surebleak[51]


  • candied sventi leaves (a delicacy on Skardu)[47]
  • gelth (a Liaden dish, spicy, served in a bowl, perhaps with toast)[27]
  • ice-toast (eaten at breakfast)[56]
  • Jumbleburger ("a chewy yeast patty seasoned with sweet-hot spices, a slice of soy cheese on top and bottom, and the whole served between two slices of fresh-baked bread", served at the Jumble House on Jemiatha station)[46]
  • Mess Greens -- a tangle of bitter dark green leaves with vinegar dressing, native to Surebleak[57]
  • Niglund Boilt (New England Boiled Dinner) [58]
  • pecha (a Terran dish: "flat round dough, spiced red sauce, vegetables, and cheese, baked until cheese and sauce bubbled, served on a hot stone")[24]
  • Rimrunner's Stew (a Terran dish served on Staederport; very spicy)[59]
  • Ronian Cheese — Served at BrickOff Flourpower in Surebleak. Vertu’s usual morning dish of Ronian Cheese was warming, it being a port-staple at all hours[17]
  • Space Jockey Special (a Terran dish served on Staederport; quantity its defining feature; consists of two or more "overflowing" buns containing a sauce and other fillings, eaten -- messily -- with the hands)[59]
  • toasted cheese sandwiches[29][59][60]
  • Torups, mashed -- a root vegetable grown by Yulie Shaper. "Surprisingly enough, cooked and mashed torups had been savory..."[55]
  • tra'haina (a soup local to Liad)[61]
  • vehna fish and mint sandwiches (Liaden)[62]
  • poached Siclarian Walking Mushrooms (spicy) (served at dinner aboard Vashtara)[63]
  • candied dromisain leaves with sour sauce (a dessert, served at dinner aboard Vastara)[63]

Drugs and pharmaceuticalsEdit

  • Aserzerine -- A legitimate pharmaceutical.[64]
  • Bellaquesa -- A restricted drug carried as contraband by Daxflan.[64]

Pet FoodEdit

  • Yummifish -- The variety of kitty kibble preferred by Professor Kiladi's cats[65]


  1. Neogenesis, ch 20 part III
  2. 2.0 2.1 Changeling
  3. The Gathering Edge, ch 15
  4. Trade Secret, ch 4
  5. Scout's Progress, ch 14
  6. Scout's Progress, ch 15
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ghost Ship, ch 11
  8. Dragon Ship, ch 1
  9. Heirloom
  10. "Certain Symmetry"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Roving Gambler
  12. Dragon Ship, ch 7
  13. Dragon Ship
  14. 14.0 14.1 Dragon Ship, ch 5
  15. Saltation, ch 41
  16. Dragon Ship, ch 26
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Skyblaze
  18. Dragon in Exile, ch 35
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Neogenesis, ch 1 part II
  20. Agent of Change, ch 21
  21. 21.0 21.1 I Dare
  22. Balance of Trade, Day 125, SY 1118
  23. Local Custom, ch 21
  24. 24.0 24.1 Scout's Progress, ch 20
  25. 25.0 25.1 Trade Secret, ch 11
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 Trade Secret, ch 18
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Local Custom, ch 2
  28. Scout's Progress, ch 4
  29. 29.0 29.1 Mouse and Dragon, ch 17
  30. Agent of Change, ch 3
  31. Local Custom, ch 32
  32. Scout's Progress, ch 25
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 Alliance of Equals, ch 22
  34. Trade Secret, ch 17
  35. 35.0 35.1 Balance of Trade, Day 42, SY 1118
  36. "Eleutherios"
  37. Trade Secret, ch 25
  38. Local Custom, ch 8
  39. "A Matter of Dreams"
  40. Phoenix
  41. Dragon in Exile ch 26
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Balance of Trade, Day 67, SY 1118
  43. Balance of Trade, Day 29, SY 1118
  44. Trade Secret, ch 10
  45. Trade Secret, ch 27
  46. 46.0 46.1 Alliance of Equals, ch 23
  47. 47.0 47.1 "Veil of the Dancer"
  48. "Cutting Corners"
  49. The Rifle's First Wife
  50. Trade Secret
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 51.3 Moon on the Hills
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 Moonphase
  53. 53.0 53.1 Misfits
  54. 54.0 54.1 Alliance of Equals, ch 7
  55. 55.0 55.1 Dragon in Exile, chapter 20
  56. Conflict of Honors, ch 16
  57. Necessity's Child, chapter 26
  58. Trade Secret, ch 30
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 Mouse and Dragon, ch 21
  60. Fledgling, ch 12
  61. Trade Secret, ch 5
  62. Mouse and Dragon, ch 4
  63. 63.0 63.1 Fledgling, ch 20
  64. 64.0 64.1 Conflict of Honors, ch
  65. Fledgling, ch 5