We, Turks love to start the day with tea, not with coffee so 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 a 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 during 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 most famous tea producer city in Turkey. Tea is also produced in other cities of Turkey but not as much as in Rize city.
The Story of Tea
Turks have met the tea very late. It first came to Turkey around the early 1900s by 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 found the below picture which shows men holding tea and hookah at an Ottoman-period coffee shop.
Mustafa Kemal ATATURK (Father of the Turks and the greatest leader of all time) noticed a very important thing during 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’s borders. After countless research 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.
How to make Turkish Tea
Making tea is not rocket science but to make Turkish tea like a Turkish you will need a special teapot. If you have such type of teapot with you, then you can make proper Turkish Tea. Below, I share some special Turkish Teapots for your reference. This will give you an idea about what type of teapot you need to make Turkish Tea.
- 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.