My hubby has recently fallen ill as the winter winds have begun to tease their way into the Mediterranean summer heat. Fall, and may I add that it is my first fall in Turkey, is just around the corner. Thankfully I have not yet fallen prey to the seasonal cold that has touched our home. In the spirit of staying well as we all brave the seasons change, here is a recipe for the tea my Anne has been giving us. She told me it’s best for bronchitis and phlegmy lungs, but it can be used all the time. I included the Turkish words for some of the ingredients that I didn’t recognize by sight.
1 cinnamon stick
1 chunk ginger root
5-6 rose hips (kuş burnu)
1 lemon butt (mostly rind end)
1 pinch chamomile
1 pinch mallow blossom (hatmi çiçeği/fatma gülü)
1 pinch linden
1 twig sage
1 pinch clove
Honey or molasses to taste
1. Bring the first 4 ingredients to a boil.
2. Add the remaining ingredients, cut the heat, and let rest around 5 minutes.
3. Cut tea with hot water to stretch it
Fills around 6 Turkish tea cups