Hibiscus, a flowering plant is inherent in many parts of the creation, but mainly Africa. People who are fond of hibiscus tea must be aware that it is also referred to as Roselle, China Rose and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Although, not much research has been done on Hibiscus tea, experts put forward that a cup as healthy as hibiscus tea can warm you up from head to toe. However, it’s not just the refreshing power of hibiscus tea that’s striking, it’s also the colour and aftertaste. The brewed tea has a ruby red or deep magenta colour and tastes like a mixture of a sour and naturally sweet-smelling drink.
To help you with a deeper and better understanding of hibiscus tea, prearranged below is the amazing recipe to make this exceptional tea.
1. Put the water to boil on the stove and while you wait for it to get boiled completely, set up the other ingredients.
2. The next step is to decide the amount of hibiscus flowers you want to put in your tea. The good thing about this tea is that there is not even a small amount of caffeine in it. So you can add as much as you want and the drink still won’t give you a sudden jolt of energy. Though the drink calls for just 10 grams, you can add as per your taste preference.
3. It’s not difficult to guess the next step. Just add boiling water to the hibiscus flowers. To avoid the water from splashing, transfer it slowly.
4. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes so that it can gain its gorgeous deep red colour and tart like flavour. However, if you want a stronger flavour, you can let it steep for a little longer.
5. After steeping, all you have to do is strain the hibiscus flower out with the help of a metal strainer if your teapot doesn’t already have one.
If you’re lucky enough to have a hibiscus bush in your garden, you can try drying the flowers and store them to create hibiscus tea of your own. To dry them well, remove the stem and stamen, but keep the calyx intact. It’s little tricky, but totally worth it. Then keep the flowers in a muslin cloth and let it rest in a shaded area until the flowers dry out completely and turn crisp. The last and the final step is to store the dried flowers in a glass container and refrigerate for around 25-30 days. If the whole thing goes well, you’ll have your own hibiscus tea along with a hibiscus bush in your garden.
Additionally, this drink is also known as super drink because if consumed daily, it can work wonders for our body. For example, it helps in lowering blood pressure, reducing blood sugar level, boosting liver health, promoting weight loss and even fighting bacteria.
In a nutshell, this beautifully coloured tart flavoured drink is associated with a bundle of benefits, and you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own kitchen. It is nothing less than a fun and scrummy substitute to your other not-so-healthy drinks.