Bedouin Sage Tea


Americans only use sage during Thanksgiving to flavor the turkey and dressing so it took me some time to get used to the herb being used in other ways. A lot of Arab countries drink sage tea on the daily basis just like their Bedouin ancestors did and still do. Sage is extremely good for you and something that I always keep in my spice cabinet. I can buy a large bag already dried really cheap here in Riyadh.

I had always wanted to try this drink since my friend Zelia always mentioned, it’s the drink of choice in Mororcco, but never got around to it. Then not long ago I was reading about Jordanian Bedouins and the drink and decided to give it a try. I was actually really surprised at how great it tasted. It has since become one of my favorite drinks and even as I type this I am sipping a cup.

2 teaspoons loose black tea
1 teaspoon dried sage
2 cardamom pods, bruised
2-1/2 cups boiling water
Sugar, to taste

1. In a saucepan on medium-high heat, add water, tea, sage and cardamom. Bring to a full boil, then allow to steep for 5 minutes.

2. Strain tea, add sugar, mix. And serve.

Yields: 2-3 servings


1 Comment

  • Lilja says:

    Thanks for this recipe- I was happy to find it! I came across a mention of Arabic tea with sage, when looking for another sage tea recipe.
    An old friend, who is Bosnian Muslim, would in the morning make a simple tea of steeped Dalmatian sage, and honey. It was incredible!! When I tried it with other local American sage it never tasted exactly the same, funnily.
    Anyways, I wonder if his family & friends drinking this sage year was more influenced by the local sage growing there….or if it’s more a carried on tradition to do with cultural heritage? Would love to know your thoughts on this.
    I’ll be trying this tea soon. Thanks!

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