Moroccan tea: recipe for making a green tea with Moroccan mint

In Morocco, tea culture It is deeply rooted, and as it happens for example with other countries such as China or Japan, we can define it by the different traditions that are followed in the way of serving tea, where it is commonly accompanied with food. This tradition has been expanding little by little from North Africa to parts of the Sahel, reaching even to the south of Spain.

In Morocco the tea drink is considered a wonderful liquid of hospitality and courtesy, which is served as a welcome treat to the guests. For this reason the Moroccans consider a lack of education and respect to refuse the invitation to a tea.

In fact, as you will surely imagine, tea - both its consumption and its own value - has an extremely important position in Moroccan culture, even being considered as an authentic artistic expression. That is why Morocco has become one of the largest tea importers in the world.

It is believed that tea was introduced in this country originally in the early nineteenth century, but there is evidence of previous news, when the Sultan of Morocco Ismail of Morocco asked for a rescue of sailors of European origin sacks of tea to taste.

When it comes to serving tea in Morocco, it is common to have it before and after the meal. Moreover, it is prepared at any time of the day and night, especially if a guest enters a house. Surely you know that it is common to serve it in small glasses, silver and decorated with different colors.

How is Moroccan tea?

Although it is now possible to make different varieties of tea, Moroccan tea is characterized by being a type of tea that uses green tea and leaves of mint. In general, it usually has an intense sweet flavor and a delicate mint aroma. Also, depending on the season we are in, it is common to add some cocoons belonging to the orange tree to the drink.

Among the varieties of Green Tea most commonly used, we can mention two: the Gunpowder tea and the Chun Mee tea. It is very important that the mint leaves are always fresh.

Although there is also a variety of typically Moroccan green tea that instead of being made with mint is prepared with mint. It is known by the name of Moorish tea, and in its preparation the two green tea varieties mentioned above are used.

How to make a Moroccan tea

The development of Moroccan green tea It is really very simple. Although on this occasion we explain two ways to prepare it: the first one consists of its preparation following the traditional steps (opting for it for the classic teapot); the second consists in its simple preparation with a saucepan on the fire.

Preparation of Moroccan tea with teapot

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons of green tea
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 liter of water

preparation:

  1. First, heat the teapot with a little hot water. To do this, for example, you can first heat a little water in a saucepan, and once hot add it to the teapot.
  2. While the teapot warms up, boil some water in a saucepan.
  3. When the water starts to boil, remove the hot water from the teapot, add the green tea and pour the boiling water.
  4. Now add the fresh mint leaves and let infuse for 4 minutes.
  5. Ready! If you want you can sweeten it to taste.

Preparation of Moroccan tea with saucepan on the fire

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons of green tea
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Brown sugar
  • 1 liter of water

preparation:

  1. First put the water in a saucepan or casserole and heat it until it starts to boil. Then add the water in the clean teapot and add the green tea.
  2. Leave infused for 5 minutes. Then strain the drink. Place the mint leaves in glasses and serve the tea. Finally it sweetens the taste.
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