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Moroccan Mint Tea

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Ingredients

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4 cups water
3-4 teaspoons loose green tea leaves 4-5 green tea bags
1 bunch fresh mint leaves about 1 cup packed
Sugar to taste

Nutritional information

5
Calories
1 g
Carbohydrates

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Moroccan Mint Tea

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  • Vegan
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Moroccan mint tea is traditionally served with small cookies or pastries. It's a delightful and refreshing beverage that is enjoyed throughout the day and is an integral part of Moroccan hospitality.

  • 15 min
  • Serves 5
  • Medium

Ingredients

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Moroccan Mint Tea, known as “Atay B’Naana” in Arabic, is a beloved beverage that holds a special place in Moroccan culture. Renowned for its refreshing taste and aromatic flavors, this traditional tea is a symbol of hospitality and a cherished part of Moroccan social customs. Let’s delve into the history, origin, preparation, and cultural significance of this iconic drink.

History and Origin:

The roots of Moroccan Mint Tea trace back to the 12th century when the art of tea cultivation and preparation spread to North Africa through trade routes. It is believed that Moroccan Mint Tea was introduced by Moroccan merchants who had close ties with tea-producing regions such as China and India. The blend of green tea leaves and fresh mint was a delightful combination that quickly gained popularity among the locals.

Tradition and Ritual:

Moroccan Mint Tea is not just a beverage but an integral part of Moroccan hospitality and social gatherings. Serving tea to guests is considered a gesture of warm welcome and friendship. It is customary for Moroccan households to offer a glass of mint tea to visitors upon arrival as a symbol of hospitality and generosity.

Steps

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Bring the water to a boil in a teapot or a saucepan.

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Rinse the tea leaves or tea bags with a small amount of hot water to remove any bitterness.

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Add the rinsed tea leaves or tea bags to the teapot or saucepan and let them steep for about 3-5 minutes.

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While the tea is steeping, gently wash the mint leaves under cold water and remove any stems.

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After the tea has steeped, remove the tea leaves or tea bags from the pot.

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Add the fresh mint leaves to the pot and use a wooden spoon or a muddler to gently bruise the mint leaves. This will release the oils and flavors.

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Add sugar to taste, starting with about 2-3 teaspoons. Adjust the amount of sugar according to your preference for sweetness.

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Stir well until the sugar has dissolved.

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Let the tea and mint leaves steep together for another 2-3 minutes.

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Pour the tea into small tea glasses or cups, holding the teapot or saucepan high above the glass to create a frothy layer on top.

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Serve the Moroccan mint tea hot and enjoy!

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Wow, this Moroccan tea mint recipe is absolutely delightful! The combination of fresh mint leaves, fragrant green tea, and the perfect balance of sweetness creates a truly refreshing and aromatic beverage.

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