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On The Menu: Moroccan Mint Tea Drop + Baklava
“You must [serve tea]. It’s in the blood. It’s the culture.” – The
Washington Post, “Tea In Morocco”
The tradition of tea is so deeply infused in the culture and society of the
country that it has become an art form and an absolutely vital societal
gesture of hospitality. Difficult to prepare due to the complexity of the
ceremony, Moroccan-‐style teatime has spread in popularity to other parts of
North Africa and as far as the Southern part of Spain.
While many other parts of the world were developing tea traditions long
before Morocco, trade between this country and Europe sparked the import
and subsequent interest in tea that lit a fire so grand—truly gaining
momentum in the mid-‐1800s—that Morocco is one of the top countries
today for tea importation. Legend even states that Europe bribed Morocco
with sugar (an expensive commodity that is a required ingredient, along with
fresh mint, in Moroccan teatime) in exchange for release of some of its
The role of tea in Morocco is one of necessary social refinement and chance
for the head of household to display his skill and artistry as he pours delicate
streams of tea from high above the cups for the enjoyment of friends,
families, and guests. Along these same lines, refusing your host’s offer of tea
is incredibly impolite.
With an average of five cups consumed per person, per day in Morocco,
opportunities to enjoy tea in all the usual places—the home, tea houses, and
restaurants—are plentiful. One quite interesting place you’ll be offered tea in
this country is whilst shopping! Merchants might offer guests “Berber
Whiskey” as you browse the souks, or open-‐air marketplaces.
Want to learn more?
Moroccan Pastries by Rachida Amhaouche
Mint Tea And Minarets: A Banquet of Moroccan Memories by Kitty Morse
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