In Morocco, preparing and serving tea is a sacred ritual that represents culture, hospitality and friendship. The most popular tea in the country is Moroccan mint tea, also called Maghreb or Touareg mint tea. It is prepared using green tea leaves to a smooth and sweet consistency. Maghreb mint tea is also popular in other parts of North Africa such as Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, and Mauritania.
How to make Moroccan mint tea
To prepare Moroccan mint tea, simply mix green tea leaves and mint, which can also be bought premixed in a dried combination. For basic Touareg mint tea recipe, follow the following steps:
Traditionally, Maghreb mint tea is served in small cups or glass vessels three times. Its flavour varies from bitter, to sweet and gentle as described this famous Maghrebi saying:
“Le premier verre est aussi doux que la vie, The first glass is as gentle as life,
le deuxième est aussi fort que l’amour, the second is as strong as love,
le troisième est aussi amer que la mort, the third is as bitter as death”
Benefits of Moroccan mint tea
Apart from being a delicious beverage, Maghreb mint tea has numerous health benefits. Here’s are top benefits of taking the tea:
Other countries in Africa such as Senegal also reveres the tea culture. Their tea, called ataaya, is prepared using the same ingredients as Moroccan mint tea. Senegalese tea culture, just like that of Morocco, involves three servings with varying sweetness representative of life, love and death.
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