Arabic Mint Tea tradition
Maghrebi mint tea – also known as Moroccan, Touareg and Sahrawi mint tea – is a tea prepared with mint leaves and sugar. A traditional tea of the Greater Maghreb region, Maghrebi mint tea is popular throughout North Africa, parts of the Sahel, and the Arab world.
Thi tea is central to social life in the Maghreb. Serving of the tea can take a ceremonial form, especially when offered to guests. As per tradition, at least three glasses of tea will be served, and it is considered impolite to refuse.
The tea is consumed throughout the day as a social activity, and tea bars have a similar social function to alcohol drinking establishments in Europe and North America.
The main supplier of tea to the Maghreb is China, as it has been for hundreds of years.
Traditionally, the tea is served three times. The amount of time it has been steeping gives each glass of tea its own unique flavor, described in this famous Maghrebi proverb:
“The first glass is as gentle as life,
the second is as strong as love,
the third is as bitter as death.”
Leïla’s Arabic Mint Tea, with green tea
We have chosen to use green tea for our version of the traditional mint tea, in order to enjoy the exceptional health benefits of green tea.
Indeed, green tea is a powerful fat burner, but also, it considerably reduces the risks of developing cancer or having a stroke.