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    Jessica K's Note:

    Tej is a wine made from fermented honey and a special kind of hops called gesho. It is similar to mead, this is a shorcut way to make it. Ethiopians believe tej was the wine used for a toast between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. from For zaar world tour 2006!

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    Serves: 4-6



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      Stir all ingredients together until well blended. serve well chilled.

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    • on March 20, 2013


      While this looks like a tasty wine drink, and even a quick approximation of mead, it is missing a vital component of Tej: Gesho. Tej is closer to an ale than most meads. Ales are made with sweet grain sugars and bitter hops to balance the sweetness. Tej is a honey wine made with gesho, the leaves and stems of and Ethiopian thorn bush. It's a bitter herb that counters some of the sweetness from the honey to create a more balanced and complex drink. Tej traditionally uses the wild yeast naturally found in the air of the person brewing it. It is also bottled while it is still fermenting, so the flavors continue to develop after bottling. This means that no two household's Tej, or even two indibidual bottles, will taste the same. Tej does happen to be an incredibly simple mead to brew. Most Tej is made in small batches on kitchen counters in Ethiopia.

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    • on July 31, 2010


      I LOVE this recipe--always a big hit when I have the girls over.

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    • on August 20, 2008


      We made this with Rhine. It actually did taste alot like mead. We had it on a very hot day and it was wonderfully refreshing.

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    Nutritional Facts for Tej (Ethiopian Honey Wine)

    Serving Size: 1 (171 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 162.0
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 9.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 18.5 g
    Protein 0.1 g

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