Times they are a-changing for tea drinking in Greece

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Time was in Greece, that having a cup of tea was a definite signal that your health was in decline. The standard response when asking for tea was, invariably, “What’s the matter with you ?”

Tea was solely a beverage for the sick. There was no choice when buying black tea  – it was almost exclusively the little dust-filled, yellow-tagged sachet’s of Lipton’s – a product unknown in any true tea-drinking country. Maybe it was a reaction to Ottoman rule, but although the Greek word for ‘tea’ – τσαϊ  (tsaï) – comes from the Turkish ‘çay’, drinking the stuff does not have the same popularity as in other parts of the eastern Mediterranean.

There has, however, always been a strong tradition for consuming  herbal ‘teas’. Though again, they were, and still are, taken mainly for their health-improving qualities. There is the ubiquitous ‘mountain tea’, or ironwort. This is a body strengthener, good for…

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