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Bedouin Tea at Feynan Ecolodge

Issue 06

Written By: Katy Rose

Nestled in the Dana Biosphere Biopark, about three hours south of Amman, Jordan, you will find the Feynan Ecolodge; a sustainable lodge surrounded by Bedouin encampments. From the spring water that is piped in to our locally grown food, this property operates in harmony with the Bedouin families in the area.

Katy's Table Bedouin Tea

Katy's Table Bedouin Tea

Feynan is the type of place where you can meet a Holy Man on the side of the road, chat with a young Bedouin about the perils of flirting on Facebook or make a wish on a shooting star. It is here where I experienced the warmth of the local hospitality and a way to remember a people and their country: by sharing a glass of tea.

Katy's Table Bedouin Tea

Our first evening at Feynan started with a sunset hike. With the sun in our eyes, we walked westward making our way past Bedouin encampments, goat kraals and a humble mud mosque.  On the look-out, we were offered a cup of sweet Bedouin tea made white sugar and green sage. Tea with dried sage is common throughout Jordan, although I discovered that tea is also brewed with dried mint, thyme or rosemary.

The strong black sweet tea was surprisingly refreshing. It was served to our group in small, heavy, glass tea cups and brewed in a weathered aluminum teapot. As we sipped on the sage tea and listened to the gentle call to prayer from the village mud mosque, I reflected on the nature of this basic tea; it was no more than water, tea, fire and a pot.

Katy's Table Bedouin Tea

Katy's Table Bedouin Tea
Photo Source: Katy Rose

It took a trip to this stark, sandy desert landscape to show me that a simple act of sharing tea can be a powerful demonstration of hospitality; a gesture that shows the world from a different perspective.

Meet Our Writer:

Katy's Table Bedouin Tea

Katy is from sunny South Africa, where food, wine and the great African outdoors are all the ingredients you need for a well lived life. She works as a Chief Stewardess on board Luxury Super Yachts, which allows for plenty of foreign travel and other rum-fueled sailor adventures. When she’s not serving Champagne to the A-Listers or taking care of housekeeping emergencies, you will find her doing her “research” in the nearest  Farmers’ Market or Wine Tasting room. Katy writes Katy’s Table,  a Food, Wine and Lifestyle blog based in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Q+A
01 Best meal of your life: 
Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck. It’s like a theme park for adults.
02 In Cape Town, don’t leave without trying…. 
Early morning coffee, croissant and newspaper at Olympia Cafe, Kalk Bay.
03 Where is next on your travel list of destinations? 
The Ilam tea plantations in Eastern Nepal.
04 Do you entertain at home? 
Outdoor eating in the summer is always a popular option. Whether it’s a traditional South African braai (BBQ) or a more mediterranean-style spread, it’s all about the salads. Traditional family recipes such as potato salad, grated carrot with raisins and three bean salad are a big hit. If it’s a more sophisticated occasional, a fresh grilled tuna-nicoise with a chilled glass of white wine usually does the trick.

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