As a tropical beauty, hibiscus (rosella) has spread its charm to many countries. It has been used in foods and beverages such as in jams, soups, and sauces. Yet, the most popular way to use hibiscus is to make tea.
Imagine you are sitting in a garden while taking sips of this tasty drink. The look of the infusion is enchanting with its natural ruby-like color. The taste is tarty, tangy, fruity, and lemony. This crisp and bold taste definitely stands out in comparison with other herbal tea. Everything seems harmonious, as you are now in your own paradise.
The surprising benefits of hibiscus flower tea include relief from inflammation, swelling, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It can also speed up the metabolism and stimulate weight loss.
Hibiscus Tea Recipes
Though an herbal infusion made from our these pure roselle flowers is already delicious, you can experiment more with the below recipes.
- Basic Sweet Hibiscus Recipe: If you want an additional sweetness to complement the sour-fresh flavour of roselle tea, the best way is to add white/brown sugar or honey. Simply adding a sweetener forms the base of any other recipe that you can find online. Want to experiment further? Then you can create some classic recipes by adding other ingredients. (See the Agua de Jamaica recipe)
- Egyptian Karkade Tea Recipe: This recipe isn't much different from the basic recipe above. Instead of steeping, you boil the 50 gram of flowers with sugar for 2-3 minutes in a pan. Then let it sit and cool down for 15 minutes before you serve. Compared to the basic steeped version, the flavour is more intense.
- Agua de Jamaica: This recipe is a bit more adventurous. Instead of cooking only the flowers and sugar, you now also add some cinnamon and slices of ginger. This recipe can be served hot or cold. Optionally squeeze in lime for some extra punch.
Hibiscus Tea Pregnancy & Blood Pressure
If you are pregnant, allergic to flowers, or currently taking hypertension/ low blood pressure medication, please consult a doctor before you start taking hibiscus.
|Steeping time||3-4 min|
|Steeping temperature||85 °C - 185 °F|
|Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot||2-5 gram|
|Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz)||n/a|
|Tea Caffeine Content||caffeine free|
|Tea Region||Various Villages|
|Tea in Chinese||洛神花|