Turkish tea

In Istanbul the other day, I was talking tea with a tea planter’s daughter who had returned from a trip along Turkey’s dramatic Black Sea coast. She’d visited the tea growing region of Rize, and was gently appalled by the rough and ready methods the pluckers used to harvest the leaf. Using shears! The shears were attached to a bag, so the contraption looked like a pelican’s beak…

And yet…and yet…On a hot day near the Grand Bazaar, nothing in the world could be so refreshing as a tulip-shaped glass of tea, with a little sugar!


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