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E. stramineus fruit meat, crushed
I crushed the flesh against the wire sieve of the tea egg with my thumb. This destroys the structure of the flesh. The seed is retained because it is larger than the holes of the mesh. Lots of mucilaginous slime is generated. I used to use a garden hose to pressure wash the flesh and mucilage away from the seeds, but I’ve since discovered that the spray mode on my kitchen faucet works better since I can use hot water to break up the mucilage and flesh more rapidly than by using the cold water of my garden hose. Incidentally, the water pressure tends to open the seam of the tea egg, so I apply a spring clamp along with the normal closure to the tea egg to retain the seeds inside the egg.   (38/40)   

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