If Italy is famous for its pizza and pasta, Turkey is famous for its tea. Tea is very popular with turks; they prefer it day or night and on every possible occasion. The standard Turkish tea is black and is served in see-through tulip shaped glasses with a small plate underneath it. These glasses are called ince belli. Tea is served light, normal or strong. Strong is when you fill half of the glass, normal is when you fill its quarter and light is filling less than the quarter. You have to add water then, to fill the rest of your glass.
It is known that Turkish is the main spoken language in Turkey. But, did you know that there are more than 30 other ethnic languages spoken there? These languages include Arabic, Kurmanji, Zazaki, and more. Some etthnic languages have very few speakers such as Balkan, Armenian, Turkish dialects, Bosnian, Georgian, Albanian and Circassian languages. Despite this variety, the Turkish language remains the most widely spoken. As it is the official and educational language. In addition, Arabic is also used as an elective language in the Turkish curriculum. The Zazaki language is spoken by about 1 million speakers across Turkey as well.
We, Turks love to start the day with tea, not with coffee so that ‘Turkish Tea’ has an important role in our lives. Do you feel so full after a meal? Brew some tea. Is your friend on her way to you? Brew some tea. You may ask yourself why on earth a recipe blog is sharing Tea recipe. We can discuss this, but let me brew some tea.
Breakfast equals tea for us. At a classic Turkish breakfast, you see tons of food on the table, but there is only one thing never loses its spot on the table which is tea. We drink tea at different times in the day besides breakfasts such as after lunches. The tea, which we consume, is coming from the black sea region of Turkey. Rize city is the biggest and famous tea producer city in Turkey. Tea is also produced in other cities of Turkey but not as massive as Rize city.
The Story Of Tea
Turks have met the tea very late. It first came to Turkey around the early 1900s by the Chinese merchants and then it spread very rapidly. At that time Turkish coffee shop culture was also spreading and Tea started to sell at every coffee shop around Turkey. During my research; I have found the below picture which shows men are holding tea and hookah at an Ottoman period coffee shop.