Ataya Maghrebi Nana (Moroccan Mint Tea)

Ataya Maghrebi nana, as this tea is known in parts of Northwest Africa (Maghreb) and West Africa, is a cultural culinary totem. Made with green tea, dried lemon verbena and fresh spearmint, the aromatic mix is refreshing and transporting. In Morocco, the tea is poured from a pot that is held in the air so that the tea is aerated; the sound of the pouring tea is thought to add to the pleasure of drinking. Also, the pot is refilled with boiling water three times to give three different strengths of the beverage. This is a simplified version of the traditional recipe. Read more about this tea and its significance here.

Moroccan Mint Tea
Photo: Evan de normandie
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 cups water

  • 2 teaspoons Chinese gunpowder green tea

  • 6 - 8 sprigs fresh spearmint

  • 1 tablespoon dried lemon verbena


  1. Heat water to boiling in a kettle. Place tea in a medium teapot and pour the boiling water over it. Allow the tea to steep for 1 minute, then add spearmint to taste, lemon verbena and sugar (if using). Allow the mixture to steep for another 1 to 2 minutes, then pour 1 glass of tea and return it to the pot (see Note). Serve the tea in small tea glasses.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1/3 cup
% Daily Value *
Vitamin A 6IU 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Magnesium 1mg 0%
Potassium 8mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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