If you’re bored of the regular tea and wish to add a new spin to it, hibiscus is all that you need. The dried flowers give your tea a distinct red color with a tart, lemony taste. In fact, according to research studies, there is evidence to show that hibiscus tea can fight high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type-II diabetes.
Dried hibiscus flowers are readily available in health food stores and online marketplaces. Brewing these flowers to prepare a refreshing herbal tea is also simple, provided you know all the Do’s and Don’t’s of the process. Here are some interesting tips for you to understand how you can brew the best hibiscus tea for maximum health benefits:
- Do you boil hibiscus?
When you prepare hibiscus flower tea, avoid boiling the flowers with water. Boil the water until sugar has dissolved, then remove the saucepan from the heat and add the flowers to it. Let the flowers remain in hot water for a while to add its taste and enjoy your own cup of hibiscus flower tea with all the health benefits.
- How long do you brew hibiscus tea?
Once you have added the flowers to boiling water, let it steep for about five minutes. You do not have to do anything but wait. Five minutes is a good time for the dried flowers to open and give your tea a pleasant red color and tart taste.
- What kind of hibiscus must be used for the tea?
Hibiscus has about 232 species. However, not all can be used to brew tea. Hibiscus sabdariffa has edible calyx, which is dried to prepare the tea. This form is also commonly known as Roselle or flor de Jamaica.
- Can all hibiscus flowers be eaten?
Hibiscus is a beautiful flower and one must know that many of them are edible. The different parts like flowers, leaves, and calyxes can be consumed for their own benefits and purposes(more on Wikipedia).
- Which part is used to prepare hibiscus flower tea?
The calyces of the Hibiscus sabdariffa are infused to prepare the tea. These are a sort of shell that protects the flower before it is bloomed. They are crimson or deep-magenta in color and add a red color to your tea. The flavor is cranberry-like and you may have to add sugar or honey as a sweetener.
Every individual likes their tea in their own way. While the above tips are beneficial, you will have to experiment a couple of times before you know how to get a taste as per your preference. If you enjoy stronger tea, add more hibiscus flowers or let it steep for a longer duration. The benefits of antioxidants and flavonoids may reduce when you boil the flowers for longer on the heat. Furthermore, if your concentration is on obtaining Vitamin C, prepare the tea as a cold brew. Use room temperature or cool water and let the tea steep for a minimum of two hours. You may also add lots of ice to refresh yourself on a warm day.