|The weather is quite muggy these days and I’ve been fondly remembering the time I was in Laos. The other day, I suddenly wanted to drink the tea I bought from Vang Vieng. I’m a hard core tea drinker and have a tendency to collect tea from the places I visit be it Dharamkot, Vancouver or the earthy local shops in San Diego.Primarily grown to raise silk worms, the mulberry is very popular in Laos and so is mulberry tea/wine etc. It is a local drink there and many people have their own organic farms. Mulberry tea does have many health benefits – from controlling cholesterol to weight loss to fixing kidney problems. To top it all, it has that common quality of all teas – antioxidants!
I boiled some water and steeped the tea leaves in it for a minute or two. The taste is very distinct and nothing in common with the mulberries we eat in India (shehtoot in Hindi). Many may find the taste slightly insipid, however, the flavor is definitely there, albeit quite subtle with a delicate fragrance. My memories of mulberries was collecting the fruit when a few friends would shake the trees in school at Lodhi road and the berries would break open because they were so ripe. I would later get a scolding from my mom as the stains wouldn’t wash out. I reckon it was the funny note on the wall that I read in van Vieng while sipping on the tea and some great food that I had that I still laugh a lot when I drink the tea every once in a while at home.:)
Ed: Click here to download the ‘funny note’ mentioned in Kishi’s post.