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Encyclopedia > Moroccan tea culture
A cup of mint tea

Moroccan tea culture (Arabic: اتاي - Ataí) is defined by the way tea (exclusively green tea) is prepared and consumed in Morocco, where it is widely consumed with food. The tradition is also spread throughout North Africa, parts of the Sahel, and southern Spain. Tea occupies a very important place in the Moroccan culture and is considered an art form. Morocco is one of the biggest tea importers of the world. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (800x776, 159 KB) Thé à la menthe servi à la mode de Marrakech place Jamaa El fnaa <2003><Nicolas Mailfait> (uploaded from w:fr:Image:The menthe. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (800x776, 159 KB) Thé à la menthe servi à la mode de Marrakech place Jamaa El fnaa <2003><Nicolas Mailfait> (uploaded from w:fr:Image:The menthe. ... Touareg tea (also called Tuareg tea or Mint tea) is a flavoured tea prepared in northern Africa and in Arabian countries. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... Tea leaves in a Chinese gaiwan. ... Green tea (&#32511;&#33590;) is tea that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. ...  Northern Africa (UN subregion)  geographic, including above North Africa or Northern Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent, separated by the Sahara from Sub-Saharan Africa. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Zellige, the Moroccan mosaic Culture of Morocco - Morocco is a country of multi-ethnic groups with a rich culture and civilization. ... This article is about the philosophical concept of Art. ...

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Origins

It is believed that tea was first introduced to Morocco in the 18th century, and began spreading through Morocco in the mid-1800s at the time the trade between Morocco and Europe started flourishing. It is reported that Sultan Moulay Ismail received many bags of tea and sugar as gifts and recompenses given by European envoys in order to release European prisoners. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Moulay Ismail the Bloodthirsty (1675-1727) was a Moroccan ruler. ...


The main Moroccan tea provider remains China. According to the Moroccan trade ministry, Morocco imported more than $56 million worth of Chinese tea during the first half of 2006. Morocco is considered the first consumer of green tea worldwide. [1] An editor has expressed a concern that the tone or style of this section may not be appropriate for an encyclopedia. ... Green tea (&#32511;&#33590;) is tea that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. ...


Preparation

Moroccan tea being served. It is poured from a distance to produce a foam on the tea.

The method of preparation of Atai is relatively complex compared to methods used elsewhere. A large quantity of hard sugar cones or lumps (5 tea spoons for every spoon of tea) is used, and fresh mint is also an essential ingredient. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (465x700, 97 KB) From blueshawks photoblog. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (465x700, 97 KB) From blueshawks photoblog. ... This article is about sugar as food and as an important and widely-traded commodity. ... Teaspoon and sugar A teaspoon is a small spoon that can hold about 5 milliliters of liquid. ... MiNT (MiNT is Now TOS) is an alternative operating system (OS) kernel for the Atari ST computer and its successors which is free software. ...


Tea is cleaned with boiling water before being dried, this removes dust from shipping and supposedly makes the tea less bitter. Tea and boiling water are combined, and may be boiled further for several minutes. After that, sugar and mint are added and mixed into a teapot with a long, curved spout. The sugar may also be combined with the tea and water in the first infusion, rather than with the mint after brewing. Using a traditional curved spout allows the tea to be poured into tiny glasses from a height of approximately half a meter to form a foamy head. It is then returned once or twice to the teapot for a good mix. Italic text This article is about the boiling point of liquids. ... A teapot with floral design A Chinese Yixing Zisha teapot A Chinese Zisha teapot - Melon A modern teapot A teapot is a vessel used for steeping tea leaves or a herbal mix in near-boiling water. ...


See also

Influence and history Being at the crossroads of many civilisations; the cuisine of Morocco has been influenced by the native Berber cuisine, the Arabic Andalusian cuisine, brought by Moors and later Moriscos when they left Spain, the Turkish cuisine from the Turkish occupied Algeria and the Middle Eastern cuisines brought... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

References

Much of the content of this article comes from the equivalent Arabic-language wikipedia article, accessed September 30 2006. is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ Morocco tea imports from China hits $56 million mark AngolaPress

 
 

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