History and Origins
Ono Teas brings you the authentic taste of Moroccan Mint Tea shrouded with the freshness of mint steeped with Moroccan’s exquisite culture.
Also called the “Maghrebi Mint Tea”, this tea is traditional to the regions of northwest African countries and holds massive sociocultural significance. It is considered the national beverage of Morocco.
Mint leaves, both Spearmint and Peppermint have vivid history and origins. While Peppermint slowly started gaining popularity in Europe during the eighteenth century, traditionally it was cultivated by Egyptians. It entered the wines and sauces of the Romans and Greeks who also used it to treat cough, cold, and as a digestive aid. Spearmint is known for its distinguished leaves is cultivated in the US, China, Europe, and South Africa. This tea is brewed with a special type of green tea called the “Gunpowder” tea- the leaves are dried and rolled into pellets resembling grains of gun powder.
Although the origins of this tea are a little unclear – some sources suggest the Phoenicians (traders-first invaders of Morocco) created it in the 12th century, others say it was the Berbers who took it from Asia. Some believe it was the Spanish and Portuguese invaders who released this marvelous mint tea in the 1900s, while others say it was brought in much earlier by Arab traders or introduced as a gift by Queen Anne of England in the 17th century.
Although the origins of this tea might be subject to discussion, one thing’s clear-it embodies hospitality, generosity, and affection, the Moroccan way. Our team at Ono Teas has created this fresh, minty concoction just for you to enjoy – any time of the day. Would you like to learn more about the rich history and origins of Moroccan mint tea? Do check out our detailed blog.