Created At: Monday 2020-08-31 00:35:10
Updated At: Wednesday 2020-10-21 09:35:55
Time To Read: 12 Minutes
The birthplace of tea
Tea is an inseparable beverage for Persians. It called chai, chá in Iran. The main origin of tea is china and according to other sources, it also might be from regions of the northern part of India. In fact, the word "chá" is a Chinese word. Also, the word "tea" is Chinese too and the difference between them is driven from two different ethnicities or regions in China.
If I want to open up a story about tea values in my country, you should spend hours to read it, so I'll keep it simple. One of the first countries that have accepted the tea in its culture was Iran. In the beginning, tea was only a beverage for a certain time but over times we put it in our lifestyle and set aside any limitation, now you can find it everywhere, in ceremonies, funerals, a simple gathering, at works, in the morning as a part of our breakfast, before sleep, and after each meal.
Harvesting tea in Iran
As I told, the birthplace of tea was China and the weather of Iran is pretty similar to there so, it was a great chance to harvest tea and meets the needs of export of it in Iran. Rudsar, Amlash, and Lahijan are top of the line tea producer which their product is also export abroad.
According to the experts, the best type of tea has a color that is close to red. The aroma of tea is another factor to determine its quality (it should drive you crazy). The main season to harvest tea is spring and the harvested tea in this season has a better quality in contrast with the harvested tea in summer.
Tea health benefits
Let me tell you a secret, tea is not only the greatest family reunion drink in Iran but also it's the best medicine for any pain, you don't believe it? Ask Persian's mom. Ok, let me defend my joke. Tea will reduce the risk of heart attack and heart stork. Simply, it's good for your heart. It prevents diabetes, it protects your bones, it helps with weight loss and your digestive system, and plenty of other benefits.
You should give us the right to adore this beverage, indeed!
Tea etiquette in Iran
If you are familiar with tea and tea culture in Iran, you probably know that making tea has its own special etiquette. Don’t panic, I don't want to make it hard for you just remember that this simple beverage is lots of Persian's weak point and they literally love it. The traditional device for making tea is called samovar, which originates from Russia. Another option is the combination of an electric kettle or a stovetop kettle, a teapot, and an electric cup warmer. You can easily provide them instead of samovar because unless you are making tea for a large number of people, you really don’t need a large and expensive samovar.
Let's make this soothing beverage
Let me tell you something important, if you're looking for an original Persian black tea, don't go after tea bags. Teabags are good just for the time you don't have access to loose tea. Go and find Persian loose black tea and enjoy its pure taste.
At first, you should fill the kettle with water and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes. After water comes to a boil, add loose tea to the teapot and then fill the teapot with boiling water from the kettle (Add one teaspoon of tea per cup of tea to the teapot). Carefully place the pot on the kettle in a secure position. Let the tea in the teapot to brew with the heat of the kettle for at least 5 -10 minutes on low heat and the water shouldn't gurgle. The sign of brewing tea is that loose tea that was on top of the water at first will absorb the water and sink inside of it. Thus, they endow the intoxicating aroma of the tea to the water. You can also cover the top of the teapot with a small napkin for more efficient brewing. Pour the tea into a cup depending on how light or strong you might like your tea, adjust it with using the boiled water in the kettle.
Remember this as a trick of the trade: The taste of an original and pure Persian tea without any flavoring has an acrid bitterness that can be felt on the bottom of your throat.
Delightful bitterness or delectable sweetness?
Some people like the bitterness behind the dark color of black tea but some others prefer sweetening their tea. In the classic version of drinking tea is popular to put a sugar cube on your mouth and let it melt by each gulp of your tea. But also you can sweeten it with blending sugar, honey, or any sweetness in any amount you like.
Just to know, Persians used to drink sweet tea in the morning with their breakfast.
Taste the different flavors
We don't clip your wings to choose your favorite flavor, there is a variety of it available for your tea in Iran. The combination of black tea will be amazing with saffron thread, cardamom pod, a cinnamon stick, and a few damask rose petals. You can add these popular flavors to your tea while brewing. Taste the different tastes and find your favorite.
Tomb of the father of tea in Iran
Perhaps, this historical museum proves the value of tea among Iranians.
Iran's National Tea Museum is a great museum that is also the tomb of Kashef-ol-Saltaneh, the father of tea in Iran who generalizes harvesting of tea in Iran. By visiting this museum you'll see ancient samovars and teapots belongs to 12th century SH and it helps you to understand the position of tea in the culture of Iran. Here is full of latent history of tea and its process of growth and expansion of tea in Iran and Lahijan. You can visit this fabulous attraction in Gilan Province, Lahijan, Iran, and make your day.