I have a tall hibiscus shrub in my front yard – it produces beautiful pink flowers that remind me of a tropical oasis. Recently, I was surprised to find out that the unopened buds of these pretty flowers can actually be used to make a richly colorful and pleasantly tart hibiscus tea.
Hibiscus tea (or herbal infusion if you want to get technical) is made by infusing a part of the bud known as the calyx. The result is a richly colored red drink that offers a sweet, tart taste comparable to cranberries.
Here’s the lowdown on hibiscus tea:
- Nutrients: Hibisicus tea is said to contain vitamin C, minerals and other plant compounds – most notably anthocyanins.
- Global phenomenon: Beverages brewed from hibiscus are enjoyed throughout the world, especially in Mexico, Jamaica, Panama, Egypt, Italy, Thailand and Malaysia.
- How to enjoy: This beverage can be served either hot or cold. In some countries, hibiscus is combined with other herbs and flavored with ginger, cloves, mint or lemon.
If you’re shopping for a hibiscus tea, look for a product made from organically grown plants.
Did you know? Hibiscus extract is also available in supplement form.