Mint tea is the most popular drink in Morocco. It is more than just a simple and delicious beverage enjoyed daily by the citizens, it is a drink of long tradition. Moroccan mint tea is served 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is presented to the guest as a sign of friendship.
So what makes it so healthy?
It has been said that mint in many cases has been proven to have multiple benefits:
* Relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, and irritable bowel syndrome by relaxing the muscles in and around the intestine.
* Act as a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body against the formation of cancerous cells.
* Inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria and fungus.
* Ease and unblock the breathing and respiratory passages and airways.
* Relieves the symptoms of colds and flu.
* Mint can help with nasal allergies.
* It can relieve congestion, head colds, and headaches.
* Act as a mild sedative and has calming properties.
* Relieve minor aches and pains such as muscle cramps and sprains.
* Combat bad breath.
* Provides a cooling sensation to the skin and can help to treat minor burns, itching and skin irritations.
* Mint is a very good cleanser for the blood.
* Mint tea can help clear up skin disorders such as acne.
* This herb is filled with many vitamins.
* It contains carotene, the pigment which is part of Vitamin B complex family.
* It also contains good amounts of Thiamine.
* Riboflavin, essential for many biological functions in the body, is also present in Mint.
* Niacin and Folic acid are also present.
* Minerals present in mint include Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, magnesium and manganese, Selenium and fluoride.
MOROCCAN MINT TEA RECIPE
* 8-10 sprigs fresh mint, plus extra for garnish
* 3 teaspoons Moroccan Mint Loose Leaf Tea
* 1/8 cup of agave nectar, 3 tablespoons of sugar, or 1/8 teaspoon of stevia
* 4 cups water
1. Place the agave or sugar inside a 5-cup Glass Tea Pot
2. Combine 1/2 of the mint leaves and 3 Tablespoons of the Moroccan mint tea in the 5 Cup teapot’s filter or a large filter Tea bag
3. Add steaming water and let the tea brew for 5 minutes.
4. Set out glasses for the tea.
5. A shot-glass is close to the slender glasses used in Morocco.
6. Pour the tea.
7. You want a nice foam on the tea so always pour with the teapot a high distance above the glasses.
8. If you do not have at least a little foam on the top of the first glass, then pour it back into the teapot and try again until the tea starts to foam up nicely.
9. Garnish with the remaining sprigs of mint or lime.