Bedouin Tea

"Bedouin Tea: A Wandering People's Enduring Comfort. The following recipe for spiced tea was, and still is, frequently enjoyed by the Bedouin. The Bedouin use the dried leaves of desert plants (habuck and marmaraya). In the U.S., dried thyme or sage can be substituted for the desert herbs for a similar flavor. Experiment with different herbs and spices until you find a recipe that suits your taste. Found at The Austerity Kitchen....posted by request. Note: As mentioned by reviewer UmmBinat in her comments, try wild oregano if you have access to it."
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  • Heat 4 1/2 cups water with the thyme, cardamon pods, cinnamon stick and black tea.
  • Simmer for five minutes.
  • Turn off heat and steep for five minutes.
  • Strain tea and serve with honey, if desired.

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  1. Annacia
    I made half of the recipe for a large drinking bowl that I just love. I used 50/50 thyme and sage and a whole cinnamon stick. You have it right in the intro, comforting is an excellent description. Honestly, I didn't let it steep for the extra 5 mins, it was strong enough to suite me after the simmering and I just strained it into the bowl and added a tsp of Splenda. I need to add that it seemed to have a soothing effect on the stomach, I've had some upset there for a few days and this truly did help. Gotta love anything that tastes good and makes you feel better both physically and spiritually. :D
  2. Kathy228
    I like this tea. I thought it would be very strong... but it isn't, it's quite pleasant. I used Thyme that I grew and dried this summer. Its flavor and fragrance shone through. I crushed the cardamom pods, And added some Sage along with everything else. After I had my mug, I poured the rest of the tea in a quart jar and refrigerated it. This morning I'm enjoying a warm cup of Bedouin Tea as I write this. I like it a lot. Thanks for the recipe!
  3. AcadiaTwo
    This is quite delicious! I'm enjoying it now while watching TV. It is quite soothing too. I figured I was going to like this from the ingredients. I ended up straining the herbs, spices and tea through a paper towel which worked perfectly. Made for February's Sun & Spice tag.
    After a lunch of blackened trout, etc. this was a delicious end to the meal. Sage from the garden replaced thyme. Reviewed for SUN and SPICE Event NA*ME/Veg forums.
  5. UmmBinat
    I think this recipe is made with what is called in English, wild oregano. It is translated to Thyme from Arabic but it is not the thyme we know.


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