Did you know that Turkey is the sixth largest tea producer in the world? And that the Turks are the number one consumers of tea? While Turkey is better known for it’s Turkish coffee, tea for Turks is the overwhelming drink of choice.
”Conversations without tea are like a night sky without the moon.” This brief folk saying from Turkey demonstrates the significance of drinking tea in the lives of Turks. Travel Booking Turkey by Imperial Travel Turkey will briefly inform you about Turkish Tea Culture in today’s exciting content with the hope of offering your first tea in your Turkey Tour. 🙂
The Eastern Black Sea, particularly the province of Rize is the only available region in Turkey for tea cultivation due to its fertile soil, rainfall and and climate. This region is the sixth largest producer of tea in the world. Traditional Turkish Tea is a black sea that is cooked and served in a special manner. A double tea pot or ‘caydanlık’ as it is called in Turkey is used for making the tea. The bottom pot is filled with water which is set on the flame to boil. Meanwhile the top is filled with dry black tea leaves. When the water is done with boiling, some of it is added to the top into dry tea and the tea is left for fifteen to thirty minites to steep. In Turkish Tea Culture, the tea or ‘cay’ is served in small tulip shape clear glasses and a saucer, generally with two cube sugars. Once you arrive in Turkey, it will not be difficult to get Turks’ passionate love for their tea! Tea is found anytime anywhere in Turkey and there is no time or place to drink it. It is served with breakfast, post lunch and post dinner as well as every break or snack in the day. It is fundamental to Turkish social life. A breakfast, business meeting or conversation without tea is hard to imagine in this country.
Although it is hard to think of a best place for drinking tea, we can say that a ferry ride across the Bosphorus during a Istanbul Tour will not be completed without the presence of a hot Turkish tea. (Check out our offer for Bosphorus Cruise )
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