Gunpowder and Fresh Mint Tea

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By David Tanis

Published 2013

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The communal aspect of sharing a pot of tea is a ritual I admire. In Morocco, fragrant mint tea is synonymous with hospitality, offered before and after meals and anytime in between. The water is always freshly boiled and it is customary to prepare the tea in full view of one’s guests. It’s a simple business: into the pot goes a large bunch of fresh mint and a small amount of the green tea called gunpowder. Traditionally it’s served quite sweet in small decorative glasses. I prefer it light