Hibiscus flowers are reported to lower blood pressure, help with insomnia, and clear the skin, due to their high concentration levels of antioxidants and vitamin C. Although we can’t say for sure, it certainly is a tasty way to cool down in the summer!
Try this traditional recipe for hibiscus tea, also known in Spanish as ‘té de jamaica y canela’. The flavor is similar to cranberry juice, and can be tart, so feel free to add honey after it has cooled. (To maintain the health benefits of the honey, do not add to boiling water.)
Hibiscus Flower Tea
by the Crave Local Test Kitchen
- 1 cup hibiscus dried flowers
- 3 to 4 cinnamon sticks
- 8 cups of water
- Optional: honey, monkfruit sweetener, or maple syrup
Bring the water, hibiscus flowers and cinnamon to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer the tea for about 7 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let it steep for few minutes, up to half an hour. Strain using a fine sieve, and add the honey or sweetener. Drink hot, or refrigerate and serve over ice.