As a tea lover I always explore and enjoy a good cup of tea, during my last visit to Egypt and with the increase of the Syrian community presence in Cairo, I was introduced to Zohourat tea ( tea of Flowers ) the name Zohurat in Arabic means flowers , this tea a symphony of flavors and a legacy of traditional medicinal and herbal blend .
Zohourat tea is well known in the middle east especially in the regions of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, and according to each region the ingredients differs.
For years and years the tea blend was known as an ethnobotanical heritage that has passed from generations to generations, In some recipes the tea has more than 71 ingredients of which 41 ingredients are spices,36 ingredients are medicinal .
As an Aromatherapist I learned how to check the botanical names of the plants , search their families and from there know the therapeutics properties and importance , it is always interesting to dig deep in the botanical knowledge and the history of the plants .
Some of the famous blends of the tea contains the following ingredients
Aloysia citrodora - lemon verbena
Althaea damascena - Marshmallow
Ammi majus- Bullwort or Bishops weed
Borago officinalis- Star flower
Carum Carvi- Caraway
Citrus medica- Citron
Elaeagnus angustifolia - Persian olive
Jasminum officinale- Jasmine
Lavandula angustifolia- Lavender
Matricarica chamomila - Chamomile
Melissa officinalis- Lemon balm
Mentha x piperita- Peppermint
Pimpinella anisum- Anise
Pinus brutia- Turkish pine
Pistacia palaestina- Zaatar
Prunus dulcis - Almonds
Psidium guajava - Guava leaves
Rosa x damascena - Rose
Saccharum officinarum - Sugar cane roots
Salvia fruticosa- Greek Sage
Salvia officinalis- Sage
Sambucus nigra- Elderberry
yzygium aromaticum- Clove
Ziziphus jujuba Mill - Jujube
It was used for centuries in the middle east and is still used for home remedy medicinal properties ,to address and help with digestive, respiratory and nervous system (sedative) conditions.
Of course drinking the tea in a coffee shop in Cairo was not that sophisticated with all the 71 one ingredients , my best friend Maha is my partner is discovering different drinks and foods from different cuisines, it is always a quest of knowledge , discovery and memories and so much fun
In March 2020 and before everything was in lockdown I enjoyed a cup of Zohurat tea with Maha .
My tea was a blend of ( Roses- chamomile - Sage- Guava leaves and orange rinds )
I am sure if you try the tea once you will fall in love with it .
The tea is available on Amazon and middle eastern stores in USA
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