HerbalTea - Organic Hibiscus
Hibiscus tea is a popular drink world wide. It is also known by the names Jamaica Tea
in Mexico and Latin America, as well as Roselle, Karkady, Bissop, and Red Sorrell
Other names are also used for this drink around the world. It turns out that in Sudan, hibiscus herbal tea is drank more often than loose leaf tea!
In many of these countries the drink is so popular that you can buy it from street vendors who happily sell fresh brewed hibiscus all day long.
Hibiscus Flower & Flavour
Hibiscus tea is some what tart. It is often sweetened with sugar or honey. It has a smilar taste to cranberry and is high in vitamin C. It is often flavoured with other herbs and spices, the most common are:
It is also used to flavour a beer made in the Carribean called Sorrell Shandy.
Hibiscus and Chinese Tea
Popular in Thailand, Malaysia and China, hibiscus is often brewed with Chinese black and green tea. The ratio is one part dried hibiscus flower, to 3 parts of green tea or black tea.
Benefits of Hibiscus Herbal Tea
High in vitamin C, hibiscus is known to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure in those people with type 2 diabetes.
Hibiscus Iced Tea
Hibiscus iced tea is popular through out the world, and in some areas is consumed at a higher rate than regular tea.
The tea is a beautiful color, deep red, and a very refreshing beverage in warmer climates where it is most popular. Often sweetened and served over ice with a wedge of lemon or lime, it makes a beautiful presentation to serve to guests at a summer party.
It is easy to make. Simply steep the dried hibiscus in fresh boiled water for 10 – 15 minutes and strain, making sure to squeeze the flavour out of the hibiscus once the liquid is strained out. While the tea is still warm, dissolve your sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, you add water and your flavours, such as lemon and cinnamon.
Here is the ratios to make hibiscus herbal tea:
Recipe: Tea Made From Hibiscus
If you were wondering how to make your own tea, here is a basic recipe.
- 1 Ounce Dried Hibiscus Flower (organic is best)
- 12 ounces of fresh boiled waterSteep this for 10-15 minutes
- 1/2 cup of sugar (more or less to taste)
- Dilute with 3 cups of cold water
You can double or triple this recipe as required. Make sure you serve it right away, it tastes best when freshly brewed.
You can alter this recipe easily by adding green tea, black tea or white tea to the steeping process. Garnish with mint and a lemon wedge for some flair.
Where to Buy Hibiscus
It is the hibiscus flower petals that are used to make hibiscus tea. They are readily available at some specialty stores, but you will get a better deal on line. You can also buy hibiscus teabags for convenience sake, read more here.
Our favourite supplier of certified organic hibiscus or Jamaica is Mountain Rose Herbs. They offer dried hibiscus in a variety of sizes. To visit their site, click the banner below.
More Hibiscus Information
Hibiscus is a very popular tea world wide. We have some excellent articles on making hibiscus herbal tea and other topics. Here are our most popular Hibiscus Herb pages:
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