Roselle is highly edible plant that is related to okra. In tropical and subtropical regions around the world the leaves are consumed as a vegetable, a spicy version of spinach. They are used in food preparation, while the calyx and flowers are used as a flavoring, coloring and for making teas. The calyx is also used in making wine, jam, juice, jelly, and syrup, while also used as a spice.
To make tea, simply take 2grams of the dried calyx, and crash them into small pieces using a wooden roller.
Put them in a tea bag or a net, bring out your favourite mug, add 8 oz of boiling water, steep it for 2-4minutes, add sugar if desired, or add other flavours of your choice such as few drops of lemon juice.
You can also refrigerate it and make hibiscus iced tea.
Half a cup of dried hibiscus flowers
8 cups of water
Honey to taste
Lime to taste
1. Put the water in a pot and add the hibiscus flowers.
2. Bring to a boil and then switch off and let steep for 15 minutes.
3. At the point of steeping you can add in a dash of lime, a couple teaspoons of honey as a natural sweetener, or any extra flavoring you love. Other herbs that work well with hibiscus include lemongrass and basil.
4. Strain the tea and let it chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
5. Serve in a tall glass with plenty of ice and a sprig of mint or with a fresh hibiscus flower for vacation vibes.
5 benefits of drinking hibiscus tea.
Reduces risk of heat disease
This study found that Hibiscus may be useful dietary strategy to reduce cardiovascular disease risk.
Prevents liver injury in diabetes
The findings in this study provide a scientific rational for the use of Hibiscus as a promising agent in preventing liver injury in diabets.
Still doing the good work from tip to toe, hibiscus tea also gets to work on keeping your kidneys flushed and fabulous. Animal studies have shown that hibiscus helped to prevent calcium crystals turning into those tough and terrible kidney stones.
A study showed that Hibiscus extract “improved metabolism, displayed potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities, and significantly reduced blood pressure
Help Lower Blood Fat Levels
In addition to lowering blood pressure, some studies have found that hibiscus tea may help lower blood fat levels, which are another risk factor for heart disease.