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Touareg tea

Touareg tea, also called Tuareg tea, Mint tea or Moroccan mint tea is a flavoured tea prepared in Arabian countries, France, Islamic Africa and Spain. Mint tea (in Arabic, شاي بالنعناع, shāy bil n'anā', or more commonly, in dialect, الأتاي, at tay) is central to social life in Maghreb countries. The serving of mint tea can take a ceremonial form, especially when prepared for a guest. Traditionally whereas cooking is women's business, the tea is a male affair: the head of family prepares it and serves to the guest, usually, at least three glasses of tea. The beverage have a refreshing aroma, and its consumption produces a sensation of cold in the mouth and respiratory tract.

The cultivar Mentha spicata 'Nana', the Nana mint of Maghreb, possesses a clear, pungent, but mild aroma and is an essential ingredient of Touareg Tea. Due to the long relationship of Spain and France with Maghreb, the beverage soon went to these countries, where it is used as a cold soft drink (Iced tea) in warm areas in summer time, from Spain it passed to Latino American countries. Spearmint is an ingredient in several related drinks, such as the mojito and mint julep. Due to its Moroccan origin it is named in Hispanic countries té moruno but is named too: té con hierbabuena and té a la menta related to Mentha spicata and many other hybrids and cultivars of Mentha named indistinctly Yerba buena. Sweet tea, iced and flavored with spearmint, is a summer tradition in the Southern United States. The oldest known recipe for sweet iced tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia by Marion Cabell Tyree, who was born in Texas. The recipe called for green tea since most sweet tea consumed during this period was green tea.


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