Mint & Green Tea: A Moroccan Tradition

  • March 9, 2011
  • katiechoice

I’ve always been a fan of our various mint-infused teas, but until recently I was unfamiliar with why our green tea blended with mint was called Moroccan. I did some research and was interested to learn that mixing green tea with spearmint leaves is a long-held Moroccan tradition, dating back to the 18th century when British merchants brought chests of green tea ashore during their return trips from China.  Since Moroccans have long been using homegrown mint and other herbs in their cuisine, adding mint to tea was a natural evolution of the beverage. The tea remains popular today, often used in hospitality customs as well as more elaborate tea ceremonies. It is so popular in fact, that Morocco is the number one importer of Chinese green tea in the world.

The traditional tea ceremony begins with pouring a small amount of boiling water into a silver-plated teapot to warm the pot. Then, green tea and mint leaves are added. Next, the pot is shaken to rinse the ingredients, and the water is discarded. Sugar is then added and the teapot is filled with boiling water.  After steeping for a few minutes, the tea is poured into glasses from high above, sometimes 12 inches or even more, so that a froth is created on the drink’s surface. Moroccan teapots are even designed so they can pour from a distance to aerate the tea and create this effect. Colorful, ornate tea glasses often enhance the experience as they are used to serve guests.

To get your fix of this North African favorite, try our Green Moroccan Mint in our Original Line or our Moroccan Mint Green in our Gourmet Line. Or, if you want to create your own tea ceremony experience, brew our loose leaf Gunpowder Green Tea, fresh mint, and your preferred sweetener, if desired.  You may want to give pouring for frothiness a try, but don’t worry-no silver-plated teapot required.

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