More than just a hot drink, Morocco’s famous mint tea is a symbol of Moroccan hospitality and culture. However, historians are unanimous about its date of introduction in the country. Many versions exist. Some writings attest that during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl, tea was offered as a diplomatic gift, especially to the British. Tea being, at that time rare and expensive. The, tea consumption widespread in Morocco around the beginning of the Crimean War (1854). Since then, tea is omnipresent in Morocco, which is one of the world’s largest importers of tea. Indeed, there is no tea culture in Morocco!
MINT TEA, AN ANCESTRAL RITUAL!
If women traditionally cooks, the tea is generally prepared by the head of the family and in front of the guests.
The iconic mint green tea combines the beneficial effects of green tea and mint: burns fat, anti-oxidants, soothes stomach pain, appetite suppressant effect… This is mainly true in the sugar-free version!
Royal Mansour’s Chef Barman unveils the ancestral recipe of mint tea as prepared at the Palace for his guests.
HOW TO MAKE MOROCCAN TEA?
To make the Moroccan mint tea, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 tbsp green tea
- 1 bunch of mint
- 2 large sugar cubes
Carefully place a tablespoon of green tea in a teapot. Rinse with boiling water and pick up the first essential retained from your tea in a glass. Repeat this procedure a second time and remove the residue obtained. Put back in the teapot the first essential retained. Add a bunch of delicately washed mint. Add sugar according to preference (up to two large cubes). Brown tea twice before serving very hot.
Friendship and hospitality drink, it can be enjoyed at any time of the day, alone, as an accompaniment to most traditional Moroccan dishes or with a selection of pastries.
Enjoy the tasting!