Gol-gav-zaban (Borage) is a herb that originally grows in Iran and a few Mediterranean countries of west Asia, and its dried blue and purple flowers are brewed the same way you brew tea leaves. The flower has a sweet honey-like taste and is one of the few truly blue-colored edible substances. In Iran people make this tea to relieve colds, flu, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney inflammation. It is believed to be warm in nature and alleviates symptoms that are caused by using food that is cold in nature such as cucumber and fish.
Tea found its way to Persia from India through the Silk Road and soon became Iran´s national drink. Iranians have one of the highest per capita rates of tea consumption in the world and from old times every street has had a Châikhâne (Tea House). Tea houses are still an important social place in Iran. For Iranians drinking tea is like a ritual. Every morning, after each meal or following an afternoon nap. Also, most meetings, formal occasions or family gatherings will begin with the offering of tea. Traditionally you need a Samovar to brew tea. Samovar is a metal container used to […]