Recipe of the Week : Chinese Red Date Tea

Recipe of the Week.

Drinking tea has many benefits. It’s brings comfort to the soul and strengthens relationships when shared with a chat. Tea time chats are my favorite way of getting to know people. The warming feeling that comes with tea relaxes and relieves stress from any troubling feeling.

According to the UK Tea & Infusions Association, tea is commonly thought of as a British drink but its history goes much further than that. It actually goes all the way to 2737 BC China. As legend has it, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung, was sitting under a tree when leaves fell in to a pot of hot water his servant left for him. Since Shen Nung was a well-known herbalist, he thought he should at least give it a try. The tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we know call a tea. Full article here.

Whether that legend is true or not, it cannot be argued that tea has a long history of consumption before western expansion. Many ancient tombs, in fact, have been found with containers of tea since the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 BC). It took a while for tea to become the national treasure in China that it is today and soon it was part of a large tea trade where it first went to Japan, Europe, United States and finally the entire Globe.

Since the Red Date aka "Jojobas" have been a huge project for Iskashitaa, it may be interesting to make it part of this week’s recipe of the week. Included in this blog post is a Chinese Red Date Tea that will help keep the drinker healthy as an ox.



3 dried red dates (around ½ inch in diameter)

1-teaspoon honey (manuka is best)

1 cup water




Boil ½ cup water and rinse the red dates. When the water is boiled, place the red dates in the cup and pour over boiling water.

In separate bowl, mix room temperature water to dissolve manuka honey. Since the honey has active cultures, its best not to dissolve it in hot water or it will significantly lose its health benefits.

Slowly add the honey water to the cup and enjoy!



Alfonso Cavada – Tavares

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Social Media Intern