Hibiscus flowers (Karkade) (Hibiscus sabdariffa), 2022

€7,50 / 50g
Hibiscus is a vibrant and tangy herbal infusion made from the dried calyces of the hibiscus plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa). It is known for its rich red color and its distinctively tart flavor profile. Hibiscus tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold, making it a versatile and refreshing beverage.

To make hibiscus tea, follow these simple steps:

Boil water: Bring water to a boil in a kettle or a pot. The amount of water will depend on how many servings of tea you wish to make.

Add hibiscus: Once the water has reached a boil, remove it from heat and add dried hibiscus calyces to the water. A general guideline is to use around 1-2 teaspoons of dried hibiscus petals  per 240 ml of water, but feel free to adjust the amount to suit your taste preferences.

Steep the tea: Cover the pot or cup with a lid or a plate and let the hibiscus steep in the hot water for about 5-10 minutes. The longer you steep, the stronger and more flavorful the tea will become.

Strain and serve: After steeping, strain the tea to remove the hibiscus petals. You can use a fine-mesh strainer or a tea infuser to achieve a clear liquid. Pour the tea into cups or a teapot and serve it hot.

If you prefer to enjoy hibiscus tea cold, you can follow the same steps above but allow the tea to cool after steeping. Once cooled, refrigerate it for a few hours or add ice cubes to make a refreshing iced hibiscus tea. You can also enhance the flavor by adding sweeteners like honey or sugar, and you may even experiment with adding other herbs or fruits for a personalized twist.

Hibiscus tea offers not only a delightful taste but also potential health benefits. It is known for its high antioxidant content and is believed to support heart health, lower blood pressure, and aid in digestion. However, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and to ensure it complements your overall health.

Enjoy the vibrant and invigorating flavors of hibiscus tea, and savor the numerous possibilities it offers for a soothing and refreshing beverage experience.