Moroccan teapots, symbol of a tradition
Place of the teapot and tea glasses in the Moroccan gastronomy
Present in all Moroccan homes and on all occasions, the teapot is a kitchen item that always appears as a star in a tea service tray. Although this masterpiece has emitted new styles, it has insisted on fully preserving its original characteristics. Its transmutations come back to the Moroccan craftsmen who reinvent new imprints based on imagination.
At breakfast, during a snack or to express hospitality towards guests, tea is the hot and traditional drink omnipresent among Moroccans.
Origin of the Moroccan teapot
The teapot was born in the Chinese culture which first designed it as a ceramic kettle. Then inspired by wine vessels made of terracotta, bronze or various other metals, this utensil took on new shapes that range from the most classic to the most sophisticated.
In Morocco, the entry of tea and the traditional teapot into Moroccan customs is still unknown. Several versions exist and are all dissimilar.
In any case, tea has a renowned place in Moroccan customs and is part of the daily life of every family. Its presence on the table at any time of the day reveals the warmth of Moroccan art and expresses the richness of the country.
Different shapes of the teapot
In stainless steel, silver, resistant clear glass or clear glass teapot with infuser. Teapots are available in different shapes and sizes.
If you are hesitating in the choice of your teapot, here is a guide that will facilitate your selection according to your needs, based on several criteria: budget, number of people, occasion.
For large events (parties, weddings, Ramadan, guests, etc.), opt instead for a silver model that brings class to your table.
The shape is of little importance compared to the material used and the ability to maintain warmth.
Also consider the capacity to be served:
- Choose a small model for one or two people;
- choose the medium size to serve three to five people ;
- favour the large size if the number of guests is more than five.
As far as budget is concerned, be aware that handcrafted silver teapots have a relatively higher cost than stainless steel (inox) or vitified enamel steel models. The latter types are more popular in tea rooms and more common uses.
Moroccan teapots are handcrafted by specialists in Marrakech or in the medina of Fez.
How to prepare Moroccan mint tea?
To obtain a superior quality infusion, it is essential to know the right techniques. First of all, wash the inside of the teapot with a little hot water. The preparation of Moroccan mint tea differs according to whether it is black tea, granulated or granulated tea. It is an art in Morocco and the Maghreb and it has the particularity of being prepared by the head of the family.
Black tea is easily prepared with boiling water. Green tea in granules requires cold water after rinsing. Green tea in granules is more delicate to prepare. It must first be washed well with hot water to prevent the bitterness produced by the excess tannin. Remove from the heat and plunge your green Moroccan mint and a lump of sugar (optional). It is also possible to flavor your drink with some orange blossoms. In a tea set, your teapot will go perfectly with tea cups or glasses. The drink is served hot, sweetened or unsweetened, accompanied by dates, dried fruits or Moroccan pastry cakes.
How to clean the typical Moroccan teapot or glass teapot?
The multiple uses of the teapot alter its walls which become darker with time. It is therefore essential to take care of it.
Here are a few tips for the care and cleaning of the teapot:
- Avoid detergents and abrasives;
- never put in the dishwasher ;
- do not keep the infusion too long;
- let it dry perfectly before storing;
- use a few drops of vinegar, lemon or baking soda for a more appropriate rinse.
As for exterior cleaning, there are special products to keep the shine as long as possible.
This is the pride of the Moroccan teapot. It is an essential part of history. Moroccan craftsmanship has focused on the modernization of the existing to simultaneously support the familiar and innovative form. Equip your tray and choose your teapot!