We, Turks love to start the day with tea, not with coffee so that ‘Turkish Tea’ has an important role in our lives. Do you feel so full after a meal? Brew some tea. Is your friend on her way to you? Brew some tea. You may ask yourself why on earth a recipe blog is sharing Tea recipe. We can discuss this, but let me brew some tea.
Breakfast equals tea for us. At a classic Turkish breakfast, you see tons of food on the table, but there is only one thing never loses its spot on the table which is tea. We drink tea at different times in the day besides breakfasts such as after lunches. The tea, which we consume, is coming from the black sea region of Turkey. Rize city is the biggest and famous tea producer city in Turkey. Tea is also produced in other cities of Turkey but not as massive as Rize city.
The Story of Tea
Turks have met the tea very late. It first came to Turkey around the early 1900s by the Chinese merchants and then it spread very rapidly. At that time Turkish coffee shop culture was also spreading and Tea started to sell at every coffee shop around Turkey. During my research; I have found the below picture which shows men are holding tea and hookah at an Ottoman period coffee shop.
Mustafa Kemal ATATURK (Father of the Turks and the greatest leader of all time) has noticed a very important thing at that period. He noticed that tea started to be an important part of socializing and Turkish people liked to drink it, however, it was an imported product and the price started to increase day by day. He requested research from the Ministry of Agriculture to find the best suitable location to grow tea in Turkey borders. After researches concluded, it has been decided to plant tea seeds at Rize city because it has the best weather conditions to grow tea. This is how tea got into our lives.
- 7 cups water
- 4 tbsp black tea
Boil 7 cups of water in a bottom teapot first. Then put the black tea leaves to the top pot and transfer 2 cups of boiled water from the lower pot to the top pot.
let them boil at medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir the top pot in every 5 minutes during boiling to let black tea to release its flavor.
Bring the heat to the lowest level and boil 10 minutes more and after it it will be ready.
When serving Turkish tea, pour 1/3 of a glass with tea and fill the rest with boiled water.
It is optional to serve with sugar.