Recipe for Winter Tea

our-winter-teaOn Saturday we got some winter tea from the market.  This was made up for us by our favourite herb and spice lady.  She showed us the pot they had brewing on the stall and asked if we would like the same mixture.  We got the impression that winter tea is not a single thing – everyone seems to have their own formula.

We were given three bags.  One contains linden tea, one contains hisbiscus, rosehips and juniper berries.  One contains cinnamon sticks, ginseng, turmeric root, dried ginger root, black peppercorns, cloves, camomile and echidna.   This is for seven days of tea.  You take one of each root and a cinnamon stick and some of the contents of that bag and some of the contents of the other bags and steep them with half a cup of water in the bottom part of the teapot.  We guess it is diluted when you drink it…  Not tried it yet.

Later we went to Carpouza and Hilary took a photo of the poster saying what their winter tcarpouza-teaea contains:  Hisbiscus, rosehip, liquorice root, eucalyptus, camomile, linden, quince leaves, sage, cinnamon, ginger,  cloves, turmeric and havlıcan (which we have not yet managed to translate).

We have now tried out the tea at home.  It is not precisely like Carpouza tea but itis good.  We filled the bottom teapot and put water in the top pot in case it needs dilution.   Ashley’s comment ‘needs more honey’.


8 responses to “Recipe for Winter Tea

  1. English name is ‘Galingale’ (Cyperus longus) a type of sedge. The rhizome is used. Culpeper says it is good for expelling the wind and strengthening the bowel, easing colic and prevention of dropsy!

    • Thanks. I think that is what we know as galangal – it may be in the mix we got to make at home. There were two people working on the stall, putting various herbs and spices into bags for us.

  2. Think I might try and find some when we are over there is a good herb shop in didim. Could do with some here as it’s cold and I’ve a cold starting that I need to go before I fly out won’t be long we have hired a car it’s only cost 100£ from bodrom return for 10 days,looking forward to seeing you Annette. Rob

    • I think everyone mixes their own tea here. We’re sure the shop in Didim will mix you something and when you come here you can try ours… Assuming we have any left! Failing that, we can go to Carpouza. They have a heated space inside if the weather is bad. Get well soon!

  3. The winter tea has such a lovely color! I’ll have to ask my spice girl if she has a similar mix. She always has some kind of special brews such as stress tea, Istanbul tea and more!

    • We enjoyed watching ours being mixed ‘on the spot’ with running commentary in a mixture of languages. Rose hip, hisbiscus and cinnamon seem to be the main flavours but everything else adds something.

  4. I found some on a market stall on Friday . It looks so beautiful, it seems a shame to add hot water to it.

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