If you have ever visited Tunisia and been lucky enough to drink their tea, you might ask, “How do you make Tunisian Tea?”. Well you have come to the right place. Bambino’s Gourmet Kitchen has an excellent selection of authentic Tunisian Teas from Nabeul. These loose leaf teas are of the highest quality and all have excellent health benefits. Bambino’s Gourmet Kitchen also has authentic Tunisian Tea Pots that are filtered so that you can make your tea just like a Tunisian.
Drinking tea is a social activity in Tunisia. The Tunisians take the business of making tea very serious. The making of the tea is very ritualistic. The serving of the tea in homes is treated as a formality, with beautiful tea sets used for the occasion. The Tunisian tea has a very intense flavor, and the addition of other natural ingredients such as rose, orange, lemon, pineapple, etc. only adds to this intensity. Most teas are a green tea with mint and some other natural additions for added flavor. However, green tea with mint is the most common. Some Tunisians even mix black tea with green tea for a different flavor.
Tunisians have a variety of ingredients that they use, not only for the additional flavor, but for the health benefits. These additions might be Geranium, Chamomile, Rose, and other additions.
No Tunisian Tea is complete without Pine Nuts. This Earthy flavor mixes well with the tea, bringing the authentic flavor of Tunisia to your taste buds.
How To Make Tunisian Tea:
Since our Tunisian Green Tea is Loose Leaf you should have either a filtered tea pot or a Tea Ball Strainer.
- In a Teapot add 3 cups of water.
- Bring to a Boil. Once it Boils take the Teapot off of the stove.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of Tunisian Loose Leaf Tea (Equivalent of 3 Tea Bags). Let Steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove the tea leaves from the pot, pour out the water and add more water. Bring to a boil.
- Remove from the stove
- Add the Tea leaves back to the tea.
- Put back on the stove at medium heat for 5 minutes. Add sugar to your taste.
- Remove from the stove. Steep for 5 minutes. Keep in mind that Tunisians love a lot of sugar. Westerners will probably only use half of the sugar that Tunisians use.
- Remove the loose leaves.
- Add Pine Nuts and fresh mint to each glass.
- You can also add a small slice of Orange and place it on the glass.
As you can see, making the Tunisian style tea is a process, but it is worth it. Now you can enjoy the authentic taste of Tunisian in your own home. You will impress your friends with your ability to make this exotic tea. Once you have had Tunisian tea, no other tea will do.