A cup of tea (or two!) is enjoyed daily across all ages and countries around the globe. Herbal teas have been part of human history for centuries! Moroccan mint tea is a wonderful warming and calming beverage that has become a huge symbol of Morocco. The introduction of tea to Moroccan culture differs among historians. Some believe it was introduced as early as the 12th century, others claim it was only as recent as the 18th century. Throughout history, Moroccans consumed mint tea daily, not only for an infusion that excites and energies, but for its many health benefits! Some of these include improving digestion, enhanced immunity, soothing the mind and even helping get a better night’s sleep!
1 tablespoon loose Chinese gunpowder green tea
5 cups boiling water
3 to 4 tablespoons sugar, honey or sweetener of your choice
1 large bunch of fresh mint
*Chinese gunpowder tea is available from Asian food shops and specialist food shops.
- Start by placing the tea in a large metal teapot with 250ml of boiling water. Gently swirl to combine, then strain out and discard water, reserving tea leaves in the pot (this cleans and removes the bitterness of the tea).
- Next, pour 1 litre of boiling water into the pot, then place over high heat and bring to the boil for 1 minute to help develop flavours.
- Add mint leaves to the pot and cook for a further 1 minute or until the tea almost begins to boil. Remove from heat, stir in the sweetener until it dissolves. Next, (use a heat protecting glove to protect your hands) pour the tea into a glass, then pour it back into the pot. Repeat this two more times (this allows the tea to properly mix and infuse).
- Pour half the tea among 4 glasses. Start pouring from high up, then lower towards the end to create froth.