Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea made as an infusion from crimson or deep magenta-colored calyces (sepals) of the roselle (Hibiscus) flower. It has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage. Calyces are known to contain high levels of antioxidants which help to protect our bodies against chronic diseases such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.
Studies have shown that drinking as little as two to three cups of hibiscus tea each day can lower your blood pressure levels, working as effectively as some anti-hypertensive prescription medications without the potential side effects. A cup of hibiscus tea is a simple, effective, and delicious way to increase your antioxidant intake.
How to make hibiscus tea;
- 1 cup Hibiscus petals
- 4 cups water
- 4 tsp sugar (adjust as per liking)
- 1 star anise (optional)
- lemon slices for garnishing
- Place water in a large saucepan
- add petals, sugar and star anise
- simmer for 12- 13 minutes until the water turns red
- strain and garnish with a slice of lemon
- serve and enjoy
(All credit for the photos and recipe goes to Little Food Junction.)