Stash Moroccan Mint Green Tea
In the bazaars of Morocco in North Africa, tea is served on a "sinya" or three legged tray, usually made of brass, plus a smaller tray which holds three boxes, one for green tea, one for mint and one for sugar. The tea is prepared in a samovar which brews strong, highly concentrated tea. Then it is heavily sweetened with sugar and a touch of mint. The tea is then poured into a teapot (known as a Moroccan style pot) which is elongated rather than round with a longer spout. The tea is poured from this teapot held high in the air into small crystal glasses with brass handles. Moroccans enjoy the social ritual of making this sweet flavorful tea which goes well with their hearty lamb stew, couscous, nuts, apricots and tmar mahchi (stuffed dates).
In the 1850s during the Crimean War when British ships were banned from trading in the Baltic by the Russians, the British sailed to new countries looking for buyers of their tea cargo. While visiting Morocco they sold a few chests of green tea, thus launching the tradition of tea drinking. Today upon entering a home or even a place of business, one is automatically given a glass of tea, a gesture of hospitality and welcome.
Stash blends China Young Hyson green tea, spearmint and peppermint from Oregon, and freshly cut lemongrass for our fragrant and delicious Moroccan Mint green tea.
Young Hyson green tea is a shiny, long, slender, twisted and curled leaf, which is rolled to hold its freshness. It brews a golden cup with a nutty rich flavor. The best grade is Young Hyson, lower grades are simply called Hyson. This tea is named after a rich merchant "Hyson", who was the first to sell this style of Chinese green tea in England.
Our peppermint and spearmint are produced exclusively from top quality Oregon grown plants, which are considered the world's finest. Oregon's deep rich soil, moist cool winters and long dry sunny summers provide mint growers with the perfect conditions to produce superb mint. The mint is harvested in July and August and then dried. Stash purchases its mint leaf directly from Oregon farmers and it is shipped from the fields to our plant where it is packaged to protect its freshness and menthol content.
Lemongrass is a tall tropical grass which has a wonderful fresh lemon aroma and flavor. This beautiful plant is found in India, tropical Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and in Florida and California. Lemongrass lends a wonderful flavor to Asian cooking, especially Thai, Malay and Indonesian dishes. The essential oil in lemongrass, citral, gives lemongrass its distinctive citrus flavor. In fact, citral is often used as a substitute for lemon oil.
This combination of top quality ingredients makes our Moroccan Mint green tea very refreshing and aromatic. It is a superb drink hot or iced. Try it Moroccan style, sweetened with sugar.