24 March 2015

I have been enjoying my monthly getting together with my friends Ilva and Simi and the way we travel in time with our virtual parties.  In some funny way I think of us as the Three Sopranos of food photography blogging.  Today, after a month break, we are again together to tell you some of our stories about drinks that bring memories.
Believe it or not, even that I live in the country of plenty; I still have moments where I crave for something very special and rare from my homeland or childhood.  One of them is the mountain tea called Mursalski Chai.  It is a wonderful herb I grew up with drinking it at cold winters, on school camps or just for refreshment.

In Bulgaria this precious tea is growing wild in the folds of the mystical Rhodope Mountain, the birthplace of Orpheus.  Rhodopean people are famous for their longevity and viability.   I would think this tea has a lot to do with it.

All through the Balkan Peninsula this tea is accepted and used for countless benefits, but that wasn’t the reason I have been craving for it.  As I sip it slowly, its fragrant aroma brings memories.  I feel the freshness of the high mountains.  I feel the chill of the morning breeze coming from the snow-capped peaks of the highland.  I hear the bees buzzing and swimming in flowers drenched in morning dew and heavy with nectar.  With every sip I can see the day awakening and the Rhodope Mountains sinking into its daily tranquillity…  Every sip from this tea is redolent of sun, honey, summer and weightless memories.

If you get your hands on this magic drink, don’t miss to try it.

Thank you for visiting,
PS:      As you can read in most of the in-depth researches published about this herb, it is not only enjoyable fragrant drink, but it also has invaluable health benefits.  How about that – besides its toning effect, it has also strengthening, anti-anaemic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory actions.  It has been known for reducing blood pressure and the risk of heart attack and stroke. It prevents the development of cancer cells and the development of atherosclerosis.  It has been proved that it is an antioxidant and it purifies the body.  It contains iron, copper, cobalt, zinc, potassium, magnesium, sodium etc.  It contains a great amount of flavonoids, which are the main active agents with antimicrobial and antioxidant effects.  It also contains tannins and essential oils.  Doctors recommend it for treatment of the respiratory system (coughs, bronchitis) and for treatment of the urinary system.  It is especially effective for healing of the urinary tract and prostatitis, liver and kidney diseases.  Recently Mursalski tea became known as the "Bulgarian Viagra".  The tea has a very strong specific taste and when brewed, it has a sweet flavour and light hints of mint.

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  1. I have been coughing my lungs out …this sounds like a cup I would most certainly need. Love the styling.

    1. Simi, you need urgently a cup of hot mursalski chai, big bear hug and lots of rest and spoiling...
      Get well soon, hope this long and endless winter is over!

    2. I wish the endless winter is over too….it’s so dull out and this sore throat is not helping. Thanks for the hugs, I need all the love.

    3. Hope you get well soon, Simi!


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