What You Need to Know
Hibiscus plants are known for their oversized, colourful flowers. These flowers can make a decorative addition to a home or garden, but they can be used to make tasty teas and drinks with medicinal uses. The flowers and leaves can be dried and made into teas and other drinks that can help treat a variety of medical conditions.
Why You Should Drink Hibiscus Tea
When the leaves of the hibiscus are dried and boiled over water it makes for a delicious drink. Also called zobo tea, you can serve over ice and enjoy this refreshing beverage on a summer’s day! Enjoyed hot or cold, dried hibisucs is the main ingrident in the
refereshing and popular African / Caribbean zobo beverage.
1. Tastes fantastic: Not only is hibiscus tea great for your heart, it tastes fantastic. Whether you like it hot or cold, you simply can’t go wrong with this delicious drink. Naturally sour, thus the nickname “sour tea”, you can sweeten this drink with natural honey or ginger and sweeten with any fruit of your choice. Make it as sweet as you like!
2. Fun and festive: when it comes time to entertain family and friends, why not opt for something a little exotic? Served over ice, this refreshing drink is perfect for a hot sunny day! If you want to get creative, consider adding colorful fruit for an extra splash of refreshing fun.
3. Looks great: Not only does hibiscus tea taste fantastic, but it looks amazing too! This refreshing, cool drink provides a pop of color for your guests. It looks as good as it tastes.
4. Easy to make: Whether you like it hot or cold, hibiscus tea is easy to make. Simply boil the dried leaves and add your ginger and fresh fruit like pineapple and serve hot or chill over ice. It’s that easy! If you want to make it in bulk, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to seven days!
Where Does Hibiscus Grow?
The hibiscus plant is native to parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. Major producers of hibiscus today are Nigeria ,Mexico, Jamaica, Thailand, the Caribbean and China. Also called sour tea or dried roselle, dried Hibiscus sabdariffa, has been used by different cultures around the world as a remedy for several medical conditions.
Ancient Africans / Egyptians used hibiscus tea to lower treat fever and lower body temperature, treat heart diseases, and as a diuretic. In Africa, roselle tea was used to treat constipation, cancer, liver disease, and cold symptoms. Pulp made from the leaves was
applied to the skin to heal wounds. In Iran, drinking sour tea is still a common treatment for high blood pressure.
RECIPE FOR SORELLE /ROSELLE DRINK
-1 ripe pineapple
-Slices of any citrus fruits of your choice : orange , lemon, lime (optional)
DIRECTIONS & INSTRUCTIONS
-Wash Sorrel leaves with water and set aside.
-Wash, then peel skin of ginger and set aside.
-Wash and peel skin of the pineapple and then cut pineapple fruit into thin slices.
START by :
-Boiling washed sorrel leaves in a pot of water in medium heat.
-Add the peeled ginger and boil for at least 30 mins (The sorrel leaves should feel softer at this point )
-Turn off the heat to cool down.
-Blend your sliced pineapples during the sorrel leaves cooling period.
-After the sorrel leaves cooling process, filter through a cheese cloth to remove tiny particles.
-Now, take the blended pineapple juice and do the same filtering process with a cheesecloth.
-Now , mix both the filtered sorrel tea and pineapple juice together.
-Feel free to add any extra sweetener of your choice or you can add your favorite citrus fruit to go with it (optional)
You can also serve this drink cool with ice, if you choose to.
The heart healthy Hibiscus Sabdariffa is the herb you need to get to know!
Also called zobo in Nigeria, known for its rich red color, this tropical native is gaining recognition as the go to herb for a healthy heart.
Where Does Hibiscus Sabdariffa Grow?
Most often grown in warm temperate regions, this crimson plant can reach up to 8 feet in height
and features red stems, lobed leaves with red veins, pale yellow flowers and a large red calyx.
The calyx (a whorl of sepals), is largely responsible for hibiscus’ spicy, delicious flavor.
Zobo is found in warm areas, such as:
● Saudi Arabia
● Throughout the Caribbean
● And more
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Sabdariffa
Zobo leaves provide a rich source of vitamins C, beta carotene, protein, fiber and powerful antioxidants. Packed with protein and healthy fat, the hibiscus sabdariffa provides magnesium and essential amino acids to help promote cardiovascular health.
Rich in healthy fats, protein and dietary fibers, zobo has been proven to provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when consumed with other leafy greens. A great source of Beta carotene and Vitamin C, zobo has been used to promote cardiovascular health, helminthic disease, and cancer. Additional, this powerful antioxidant is helpful for managing obesity.
Hibiscus sabdariffa provides a rich source of:
● Beta carotene
● Vitamin C
Uses of Hibiscus Sabdariffa
● Soups and Main Courses: In Africa, a region where soups are a fundamental aspect of nutrition, dried zobo leaves are a major ingredient in soup but they can also be added to flavor cakes, sauces, cookies, jellies and much more.
● Juice/Tea: the zobo leaf is often added to juice or used in medicinal teas. You simply boil the dried leaves in water to make a flavorful and nutritious drink.
Naturalike Hibiscus Sabdariffa
At Naturalike, we source all of our hibiscus sabdariffa leaves directly from the finest farms in Nigeria. We form close relationships with local Nigerian farmers to ensure that we are providing you with the 100% natural goodness and high quality products that we have become known to deliver. Enjoy!