By HANNAH NORMAN
RABAT, Morocco – The air is still cool, but the tea is hot. Morning has arrived, accompanied by the sun’s harsh rays penetrating through half-drawn kitchen curtains. The hissing of boiling water and the zestful aroma of fresh mint being rolled engulf the cooking alcove. In her household, the 52-year-old mother of three, Nezha Ben Ali, always has a bucket of green leafy stalks handy.
“When I don’t drink tea, I get headaches,” said Ben Ali, who has been hooked on tea since childhood.
Her consumption habits come as no surprise, considering the prevalence of mint tea, or “atay,”in Moroccan society.