January 2019

FIG TRIBUTE - Russia

RUSSIA

...a fig tribute to

“Let us forgive each other - only then

will we live in peace”

Leo Tolstoy

RUSSIAN TEA TIME

 

He samovar was an ingenious device that illustrates the Asian influence in Russian culture. Modeled after similar pieces of equipment used by the mongola, the samovar consists of a large metal urn with a vertical pipe in the middle. You might think that vodka is the national beverage of Russia, but in fact that honor goes to tea. Due the icy climate, Russians drink hot tea throughout the day as a source of both nourishment and warmRUSSIAN TEA TIME He samovar was an ingenious device that illustrates the Asian influence in Russian culture. Modeled after similar pieces of equipment used by the mongola, the samovar consists of a large metal urn with a vertical pipe in the middle.

 

You might think that vodka is the national beverage of Russia, but in fact that honor goes to tea.

Due the icy climate, Russians drink hot tea throughout the day as a source of both nourishment and warmth.

 

In many other countries, tea is made by steeping tea leaves in hot water until they have reached the desired strength. However, in Russia, more tea leaves are steeped in less water to create a very concentrated brew called zavarka, boiled for at least five minutes or possibly all day. This brew is then diluted with hot water when it is served. One of the most interesting elements of Russian tea tradition is the equipment. To heat the water, a special device called a samovar was traditionally used. The urn holds the water, and the pipe in the middle holds burning wood or charcoal. The fuel in

the center heats the water to boiling, and then keeps it hot for the rest of the day.

 

Most samovars have a faucet in the middle used to pour water in the cup. The tea pot sits on top of the samovar, kept warm by the hot air moving up from the charcoal below. Since Russians love to mix black and herbal teas, teapots are made to nest together; the teapot with the zavarka fits on top of the samovar, and the tea pot for the herbal tea fits on top of that. Tea drinking in Russia is an all-day affair, and has been for centuries. A samovar could keep both

water and zavarka hot all day long, so that a nice warm cup was always available.

Afternoon teas are rich and nourishing, perfect for bridging the gap between lunch and dinner.

Try one if you are ever in Russia, or even just near a good Russian restaurant that serves

afternoon tea.th.

In many other countries, tea is made by steeping tea leaves in hot water until they have reached

the desired strength. However, in Russia, more tea leaves are steeped in less water to create a

very concentrated brew called zavarka, boiled for at least five minutes or possibly all day. This

brew is then diluted with hot water when it is served.

One of the most interesting elements of Russian tea tradition is the equipment. To heat the

water, a special device called a samovar was traditionally used.

The urn holds the water, and the pipe in the middle holds burning wood or charcoal. The fuel in

the center heats the water to boiling, and then keeps it hot for the rest of the day.

Most samovars have a faucet in the middle used to pour water in the cup. The tea pot sits on

top of the samovar, kept warm by the hot air moving up from the charcoal below.

Since Russians love to mix black and herbal teas, teapots are made to nest together; the teapot

with the zavarka fits on top of the samovar, and the tea pot for the herbal tea fits on top of that.

Tea drinking in Russia is an all-day affair, and has been for centuries. A samovar could keep both

water and zavarka hot all day long, so that a nice warm cup was always available.

Afternoon teas are rich and nourishing, perfect for bridging the gap between lunch and dinner.

Try one if you are ever in Russia, or even just near a good Russian restaurant that serves

afternoon tea.

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