Moroccan Saffron Tea

Moroccan saffron tea
Christine Benlafquih
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
97 Calories
0g Fat
25g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 97
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Saffron tea is popular in and around the Moroccan town of Taliouine, where saffron is harvested locally. It is less popular in other areas, perhaps because of saffron's expense.

Saffron tea is prepared by adding a generous pinch of saffron threads to green tea, preferably gunpowder. The resulting tea is lightly fragrant with saffron's distinctive essence. Moroccan tea is traditionally served syrupy sweet; adjust the sugar to your own tastes.


  • 1 tablespoon green tea leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/2 liter boiling water (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Boil some water. Rinse a small teapot with about 1/4 cup of the water.

  2. Add the tea leaves and another 1/4 cup boiling water. Swirl the pot to wash and rinse the leaves, and discard the water.

  3. Add the saffron and the sugar, and fill the pot with 1/2 liter (about 2 cups) boiling water. Leave the tea to steep for five minutes or longer.

  4. Gently stir the tea, pour into small tea glasses and serve.

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