Teas of the World: Greek Mountain “Tea”

Anyone who has read my articles for awhile now and/or followed me on Facebook, Twitter, etc., knows that I prefer to use the word “tea” only for those beverages made from the Camellia Sinensis plant and its varietals. So, this Greek Mountain “Tea” is for me a bit of a misnomer. Like guayusa, rooibos, honeybush …

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Discovering the Tisane Called “Greek Mountain Tea”

Technically a tisane, the infusion made from Sideritis syriaca is the Greek cultural equivalent of English black tea with a dash of milk; when you say "tea" in Greece, this is what you are referring to. I recently discovered this culturally specific infusion after getting into a discussion about tea with some Greek friends of mine. …

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