Turkey is majorly famous for its coffee, but then why Turks are so fascinated by tea? It all started during World War 1 when the rates of coffee rocketed sky-high as Turkey lost control over its coffee crops after the downfall of the Ottoman empire. Thus, to quench their thirst for a beverage, the Turkish people started tea farming and developed the taste for this easily affordable beverage that never dwindled. Gradually, tea became the most consumed beverage in Turkey. At present, Turks start their day with a cup of tea and continue sipping throughout the day. Turkish tea is said to increase happiness by empowering hormones. Additionally, Turkish tea has health benefits too. Flavonoids present in this black tea keep cholesterol level on track, improve body metabolism, recover sore throat, boost immune system, enhance skin health and more.
How to brew Turkish tea?
Brewing this tea requires a special type of utensil, which is called “caydanlik”. It has two pieces of pot; the lower pot is used to boil the water while dry tea is added in the smaller or upper pot. When water comes to the boiling point, dry tea is added on the upper pot and the flame is reduced to minimum. Then, it is left to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
To serve, add one scoop of desert spoon dry tea from the upper pot directly into the cup then top it up with boiled water, leaving an inch of space from the brim. The space is left to save your fingertips from burning as there is no handle attached.
Turkish people do not add milk to their tea; black tea is more preferred by them. In Turkey, tea is served in special tulip shaped, see-through glass vessels that do not have any handles. Since there’s no handle, a see-through glass saucer is placed underneath the vessel to make it easier to serve.
Benefits of Turkish Tea:
- Prevent bad mouth odour and helps in maintaining tooth health.
- Its tea bags can be placed in refrigerator to prevent it from stinking.
- Decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and improves heart health.
- Reduces the building of cancer cells and tumour formation.
- Helps in the better functioning of the lining of blood vessels.
- Overcomes anxiety and sleeping disorders.
- Its antibiotic properties can help in treating minor wounds.
- Tea vapours are believed to prevent the haziness of eyesight.
- Maintains hair health when rinsed with it.
- It contains plenty of antioxidants & other elements that makes it beneficial for the people suffering from hypertension.
Did You know?
Turkish tea culture doesn’t allow you to say no to your guests for tea. In Turkey, people keep a good stock of tea and brew some extra whenever guests come to visit; the glass is needed to be refilled when emptied and it is considered impolite to say no, as they take it as an insult. In accordance with the same ritual, the appropriate way for a guest to refuse more tea is to put a spoon on their tea cup, when it’s emptied.