Fresh orange blossoms are in season for only a very short time. Bitter orange blossoms from the Mediterranean region are used to make orange flower water (orange blossom water) and syrups. If you're able to get fresh orange blossoms, try this fragrant Moroccan tea, which combines orange blossoms with spearmint.
The recipe reflects the fact that most Moroccans like their tea quite sweet. Adjust sugar to your personal taste.
Note that the recipe's directions simplify the steeping process; to make the tea more traditionally, follow the steps in the photo tutorial How to Make Moroccan Tea.
Serves 2 to 4.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1 tablespoon Green Tea leaves
- 1 handful fresh orange blossoms, washed
- 1 handful fresh spearmint leaves, washed
- 1/2 liter (about 2 cups) boiling water
- 1/4 cup sugar
Boil at least a liter of water. Rinse a small tea pot with about 1/4 cup of the water.
Add the tea leaves and another 1/4 cup boiling water. Swirl the pot to wash and rinse the leaves, and pour out the water.
Add the orange flower blossoms, mint leaves and the sugar, and fill the pot with 1/2 liter (about 2 cups) boiling water. Leave the tea to steep for about five minutes, or set the tea pot over medium-low heat and bring the tea to a simmer. Remove from the heat, and allow to steep several minutes more.
Gently stir the tea, pour into small tea glasses and serve.