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Malawi Black tea eggplant marinade

On Monday we are celebrating Heritage day in South Africa. On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people and includes the whole nation.


Since the weather is looking great and most us of will be braaing on this holiday, we would like to share an amazing steak marinade recipe. For this recipe we will include our Malawi Black tea as our special ingredient.

I’m sure you never thought using black tea in one of your marinades. Now here’s a secret, it not only taste great, but you can also make it really easy yourself.

Let me introduce you to our Malawi black tea.

We source the tea directly from the Satemwa Tea Estate in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. The tea is grown and harvested in a way that doesn’t encroach on indigenous plants, insects or wildlife.

It’s 100% oxidized and hand-rolled, fully rounded and rich with sweet honey tones.


As many teas, Black tea is also known to offer great health benefits and obviously this also goes for our Malawi Black tea:


– Has Antioxidant Properties

– May Boost Heart Health

– Could Lower “Bad” LDL Cholesterol

– Can Improve Gut Health

– Could Help Reduce Blood Pressure

– May Lower Blood Sugar Levels

– Can Improve Focus


I don’t think I still need to convince you why you should swap your coffee for tea, but on top of the incredible taste and health benefits this Malawi Black tea is also an amazing ingredient to cook with. It’s new to most of us, but adding some teas to your dishes can be a great add on.


Often we only use the tea leaves to brew our cup of tea, but as Heritage day is on the horizon I would like to share a marinade recipe with you which goes beautifully with steaks. And for the vegetarians (I’m one of them) it also goes really well with eggplant.

Farm to Table – Recipe Malawi Black tea Marinade:


2 teaspoons Malawi Black tea leaves

1 teaspoon red whole black peppercorns

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/5 teaspoon thyme

4 teaspoons parsley (or add fresh parsley)

3 tablespoons olive oil


4 filet steaks or 1-2 eggplants


Ground all ingredients including the tea leaves, add the olive oil and mix everything together into a paste.

Veggie option: cut the eggplant in thick slices.

Brush all the sides of each fillet or eggplant with the paste then allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes

Prepare the braai for direct cooking over medium heat. Braai the steaks or eggplant (8 min. for medium steaks). Try to turn the meat or veggie option only once.


Let the meet rest before serving, and serve with a nice fresh summer salad.


Shop here, and buy our Malawi Black tea to try out the recipe yourself.


For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

By |2019-01-09T11:55:44+00:00September 21st, 2018|Blog Post, Food Pairing, Health, Tea|Comments Off on Malawi Black tea eggplant marinade

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Co-Founder of Beleaf & Co, I like to share the stories from “farm to table” and introduce you to the people behind your cup of tea.