The Hibiscus plant has far too many kinds; nevertheless, the most popular form is Hibiscus Roselle, which is what we use. These are available in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, pink, orange, and red. The pink and red-colored blooms are the most widely utilized in cooking.
What parts of the hibiscus plant can be consumed?
Only eat the petals, according to our recommendations. The pollen, stamen (which contains the anther and filament), calyx (the green base attached to the stem), pistil (which includes the stigma, style, and ovary), and calyx (the green base linked to the stem) are all discarded. The pistil, according to some sources, can be used since it is edible.
Advantages of adding Hibiscus Tea to your diet
The hibiscus flower has a variety of therapeutic characteristics, making it a safe and healthy complement to your daily routine. This quick and easy to brew Hibiscus tea, like many herbal teas, has a long list of health benefits:
- Lowers blood pressure, which lowers the risk of heart disease.
- Antioxidants are abundant in this food, which helps to preserve your cells and prevent free radical damage.
- Boosts immunity by stimulating T and B cells.
- Lowers cholesterol - Hibiscus tea can help you lose weight by lowering your blood fat levels.
- Period discomfort is relieved, and hormonal imbalances are reduced.
- Improves liver functions by removing toxins from the body.
Hibiscus Tea Recipe
2 cups of fresh hibiscus flowers or 12 cups of dried hibiscus flowers, 8 cups of water, 14 cups of honey (more honey if you want your tea sweeter), and 3 tbsp of Lime Juice (Fresh)
Directions for Hot Hibiscus Tea
- Remove the calyx, or the green section at the base of the flower to which the stem is joined, if using fresh hibiscus flowers. You can either remove or keep the pistil, which is a small thread-like tube in the middle of the flower that holds pollen attached to it. If you're using dried flowers, you won't need to do anything.
- In a big pot, bring the hibiscus blossoms and water to a boil. Switch off the burner and cover the vessel after the water begins to boil. Other herbs or add-ins, like basil, lemongrass, or lemon zest, can be added at this time. Allow the tea to steep for 15-20 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, blend the honey and lime juice until well incorporated. Remove the tea leaves and strain the tea.
Directions for Iced Hibiscus Tea (Also called Agua De Jamaica)
- Make hibiscus tea according to the directions above. Allow it to cool before chilling it with ice cubes. To taste, adjust the honey and lemon juice.
- Hibiscus tea can be served chilled after a couple of hours in the refrigerator. In any case, it's delectable!
- Serve the iced hibiscus tea or Agua De Jamaica chilled, garnished with fresh mint leaves.
- Add-ins: This iced tea can be spiced up with your favorite flavors. Hibiscus pairs well with basil, lemongrass, lemon zest, and mint.
- Sweetness: If you want your drink to be sweet then add additional honey or even sugar, date syrup, and monk fruit if you wish.
- If you immerse the petals for too long, the result will be bitter.
- Sugar or jaggery can be used in place of honey.
Hibiscus Tea? Hot or Cold – Which one to prefer?
There is a prevalent assumption that an iced hibiscus drink lowers blood pressure whereas a hot one raises it. However, laboratory tests have revealed that this is not the case. In any case, the temperature of the tea has no bearing: it warms up in the stomach, but self-hypnosis is capable of forcing the body to function as it should. It is suggested that you drink 1-2 cups of red tea per day to lower your blood pressure. It helps to regulate blood pressure and digestion while also cleansing the blood of toxic elements.
Drinking hibiscus is best when it's cool or warm, but not hotter than 40 degrees. In this situation, the tea's effect will be considerably more vivid. It's also worth noting that hibiscus hypertension is better when consumed on a regular basis, with breaks of 1-2 days once a month. This will aid in the pressure's stabilization and the forgetting of its essential rise.
It is best not to drink hibiscus if you have low blood pressure. Of course, in certain cases, the reverse effect occurs when red tea is consumed, and blood pressure rises, but this occurs so seldom that medicine is considered exceptional.