Tea found its way to Persia via the Silk Road from India, and whatever you are up to in Iran – tea is often involved. Today Iran produce much of the tea they consume themselves, since the whole part of the northern Iran at the shores of the Caspian Sea is suitable for cultivating tea. From the old times in Iran every street in a town would have a Châikhâne (tea house) – and if you visit Iran now most restaurants will offer you tea served the traditional way. This glass of tea I enjoyed in a roof top restaurant in Esfahan, served with delicious crispy saffron sugar.
Photo: Isfahan, Iran 2012.