Moroccan Mint tea

The mint tea is much more than a drink in the countries of the Maghreb, it is a lifestyle, which is an integral part of the culture and the traditions whether it is in Morocco, from Algeria or from Tunisia.

Although this hot drink with tea and with fresh mint is inescapable especially during every holiday and celebration such as marriage, aïd, baptism or only evenings in family or between friends, history begins only enough recently in Morocco, cradle of this world-famous drink. 

The mint tea in brief

- IXth century: an Arabic trader, Soliman told his expeditions in China and describes an almost sacred grass in the Chinese company: the tea. It will be the oldest text, outside those found in China, which will mention tea.

- XVIth century: the Chinese tea passes by Pakistan, Iran, and Arabian Peninsula of Turkey to arrive to Egypt. He will cross the dessert of Libya only much later.

- XVIIth century: sultan Moulay Ismail introduces Chinese tea for the first time to the Maghreb region.

-XVIIIth century: The peoples tea company of India began to forward big quantities of green tea from china to the Moroccan ports on the Atlantic Ocean. This is when the use of green tea grew and its popularity quickly spread.

- XIXth century: After the Crimean War and having lost the Slavic markets, the English decided to sell their stock of tea in Morocco and more specifically in the port of Tangier and Mogador. At that time colonial, the colonists are going to modernize and to spread(widen) the production of the tea everywhere in Asia, the British in India, the French people in Indochina and the Dutch people in Indonesia. Of this fact the tea becomes a foodstuff(commodity) common(current) and easy to get itself, its price(prize) falls and all the coats(layers) of the population will have access there.

So how did the consumption of mint tea explode in Maghreb?

Just prior to introduction of tea to the Maghreb region, North Africans were until then used to consuming an infusion of mint leaves or sometimes absinthe. The green tea received then a favorable welcome because mixed in the mint it decreased the bitterness of the infusion without distorting its taste or its color.

Little by little a small business sector (crafts) and a ceremonial are ready mirrored(are mirrored) in position around this new drink which became the national archetypal drink. Thanks to the nomadic populations the green tea in the mint quickly spread to the entire Maghreb region.

The preparation of the mint tea

It can differ according to countries or regions of the Maghreb, he can be more or less intensified, we can add it nuts of pine, the verbena tea(verbena), some honey or some cinnamon. The mint, which we usually use, is " the nanah mint " also known as spearmint, which is very common in the Maghreb region. In winter when this mint start to become scarce it is custom to use leaves of absinthe " Chiba " in Moroccan.

  

In the Moroccan tradition we shall consume the mint tea very often with oriental cake stores or special breads. If the kitchen is generally made by the women, the mint tea is traditionally a men's business.

To make the perfect Morroccan Mint Tea follow our recipe.