Flower Power

Hibiscus is not only a beautiful flower to look at, but also a very useful one. It has numerous medicinal values, and it has been used for centuries by Indians, Mexicans , Egyptians , Malaysians, Chinese, Africans … practically by the whole world, for its therapeutic properties.
When incorporated into the diet, the hibiscus tea emits high levels of antioxidants, such as flavonoids, which help our bodies fight free radicals, which can cause cell damage and disease.
This miracle flower is rich in vitamin C, and has been widely used as an herbal method of controlling high blood pressure, controlling bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. It is also used to control tempering fevers, alleviating digestive problems, as well as improving circulatory disorders. And the best part is its caffeine free and herbal. You can read more about its health benefits here and here and here . Infact this is one of the botanicals we export from Ghana, for which we even won the national export award last year. We mainly export this product to Belgium and UK, where it finds its way into supermarkets and retail outlets.

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There are many ways you can have it, hot or cold, sweet or tangy. U can compare the flavour to that of cranberries. This deep crimson red drink can entice just about anyone. When having it hot make your own tea bag with a muslin cloth. Put a few slices of ginger, a few cloves and a handful of hibiscus leaves. Pour over boiling water, little honey to sweeten and let the flavours infuse for a couple of minutes. 2 cups of tea a day can reduce hypertension and have a calming effect. So drink away to a healthier life.

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And then theres my favourite way … The Iced Tea ! Famous all over Mexico n Jamaica, this is probably the best way you can consume this drink.

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There is really no recipe for this, just boil a cup of leaves with 2 cups of water and sugar to your taste. Strain and chill. When ready to serve, add some more chilled water as the juice would be a bit concentrated. Bring it to life with some lime juice and pour over ice. Perfect for margaritas , sorbets, ice creams and jellies. This one i promise you will be a regular in your household once you try it.

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Comment :

noreply@blogger.com (Deborah)

I didn’t know that hibiscus was this good for you! I wonder if I can find it here. If not, I might have to find some online!

noreply@blogger.com (Vida)

Hello, I buy these in syrup and drop a single flower in the bottom of a champagne flute then top it with champagne, the bubbles cause it to open dramatically before your very eyes, quite a crowd please, my book club girls LOVED it!! Vida x

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

deborah, i’m sure you’ll find plenty online.

Vida, that is such a fantastic idea. I will have to try this out.Thanks for the idea.

noreply@blogger.com (Asha)

Wonderful Kajal, beautiful color. I have never come across dried Hibiscus yet, got to look. Great post K!:)

noreply@blogger.com (Peabody)

The color is absolutely amazing!!!

noreply@blogger.com (robin (caviar and codfish))

I loooove hibiscus tea! Your pictures are fantastic!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Asha, frankly i’ve been exporting these for a while now but its only recently that i actually tried them out Its really nice.

Peabody ..thnx

Robin, i’m glad u like ’em ๐Ÿ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Mandy)

Hibiscus is the national flower for Malaysia. We see it everywhere, but I never know that it’s edible! I am so ignorant. :p The color of the drink reminds me of Ribena, one of my favorite drink as a child.

noreply@blogger.com (nixtress)

Kate! That tea looks so beautiful! I’ll have to see if I can find some of these flowers : ) You’re always such an inspiration. xoxo

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Mandy … i now i read it online when i was looking up Hibiscus on google. Actually they grow quite commonly in India as well, but it was’nt until i came to Africa i realized its goodness.

Nix .. haha are so sweet honey. I hope u get your hands on some of those flowers.

noreply@blogger.com (Kevin)

I have never had hibiscus but it sounds really interesting. Great photos!

noreply@blogger.com (E to the M)

Yum, yum, yum! I love hibiscus tea.

noreply@blogger.com (Anonymous)

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Liz

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Kevin, u should give it a try sometime.

E To the M .. . me to ๐Ÿ˜€

Liz … ๐Ÿ˜€

noreply@blogger.com (Stardust)

This is also one of my home’s favourite drinks! Rosehip and fruit tea are also on the list. I always have them with honey, love the taste.

Love your pictures, they are brilliant. =)

noreply@blogger.com (glamah16)

I have had hot hibiscous tea, but not chilled. Those drinks look amazing. And anything that helps me stay heatlty and tastes good is a no brainer for me.

noreply@blogger.com (tigerfish)

Heee…you are right. I rather have this tea and not tea made with ribs. :O …For the ribs, I will save it for soup.

BTW, I missed my eating trip in Solmar when I visited Macau last week. ๐Ÿ™ ..just too out of the way.

noreply@blogger.com (Lydia (The Perfect Pantry))

Beautiful photographs — the color of the hibiscus tea is so seductive. I’ve never tasted it, but now I will look for some.

noreply@blogger.com (Mansi Desai)

This looks great Kajal! I try to drink hibiscus tea at least thrice a week at work as its really calming and detoxifying…I liked your idea of a shrbet or margarita:)D the pic of the dry flowers is very beautiful!

noreply@blogger.com (White On Rice Couple)

My neighbor grows TONS of beautiful hibiscus flowers. Maybe I’ll jump over the fence and pick some!
But first I need to know, does the fresh stuff give the same calming and medicinal effects? If not, I won’t make the jump.
I’ll have to find it via internet. This is a fantastically beautiful and informative discovery for me(jumping up and down right now). I will get some for sure and let you know how it goes.
Thanks for the info!

noreply@blogger.com (Larissa)

I’m from Hawaii, where the hibiscus is the state flower. This tea looks AMAZING.

noreply@blogger.com (Mango Power Girl)

Gorgeous shots & good information here. I knew that people used it for its medicinal properties to relieve bad menstrual problems. You actually made it look appealing & it’s good for you, too! I’d like it cold please…I bet you’re enjoying it in your hot weather.

noreply@blogger.com (Marianna)

So that’s what it is …hibiscus!! I was looking at your flickr stream wondering what those dried flowers were… Mmm nice & interesting! I havent tried it in drinks before but I know its an ingredient they use a lot in hair care… I think one of my shampoos contains hibiscus lol!
And of course needless to say- gorgeous photos, as usual!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Stardust, i still have to rosehip. I’m sure its good too.

Glamah , chilled is way better than the hot stuff.

Tigerfish …aiya ! how sad. Maybe next time:)

Lydia …i know its really is very very seductive !

Mansi .. vow thats good ! i want to try n switch it with my green tea now.

WORC haha i really dont know. I thik its the red variety that has most benefits due to the red ofcourse! but also that they need to be dried. I think there is info on on of the links i provided up there.But by all means do experiment with the fresh ones !!!

Larissa , oh really ! its even the national flower of Malaysia.

Moh , oh even for periods ..! thats another benefit now :)And oh yes i’m really enjoying in chilled in this freakin hot weather !!!

Marianna .. ๐Ÿ™‚ yup ! haha wow now i never knew that ! it really is a wonderful flower ! Thanks.

noreply@blogger.com (Sylvia)

Wow Kate, what stunning color had this tea and I love to know that have antioxidants is like green tea, I never tasted before , but after read your post I am going to the grocery now to find it
Ps the fig tree is not in my Buenos Airesยดs home back yard, actually is in our beach house backyard ๐Ÿ™ And I just enjoy it only twice time in a year

noreply@blogger.com (Rosa's Yummy Yums)

What stunning pictures!

Now, I’m dreaming about long summer evenings on the balcony…

Gorgeous drinks!

Cheers,

Rosa

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

sYLVIA, i hope u find some at the store.
And oh ! but atleast something is better than nothing right , so what if its only 2ice a year ๐Ÿ™‚

Rosa ..thnx, i know a lot of people are waiting for the summer. For me its always summer !!!

noreply@blogger.com (Medena)

Hibiscus is one of my favorite teas! I didn’t know much about it, great post.
It’s used a lot in the countries of formerly Yugoslavia. Love your blog; your photos are amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Mona)

Never heard of dried hibiscus leaves, or anything edible made out of it! That was an interesting read!

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noreply@blogger.com (Sophie)

Gorgous pictures Kate

The iced drink really made me think of Summer!

noreply@blogger.com (anya)

Oh, after reading your post and marvelling at your pics I’d commit myself for a lifetime with hibiscus if only it were available over here in moscow. Rosehip is a russian guide to a healthier life, though.

Your pictures is such a treat!!

noreply@blogger.com (Kelly-Jane)

How beautiful they are =) and seeing this has reminded me that I’m sure I bought some towards the end of last year and some lavender too…will have to go and investigate. The beautiful ruby colour it produces is just gorgeous!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Medena , thanks so much. Its a really healthy drink.

Mona, well now u do :p

Sophie thanx … its really hot here, and this iced tea is perfect to beat the heat.

Anya, Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
i’m sure u can find some online. You should try n get your hands on some, its really worth it.

Kelly-Jane , these flowers are really gorgeous. I can never get over how rich in colour they are ! so royal !

noreply@blogger.com (Hillary)

Mmm!!! I totally loved hibiscus iced tea too and I also wrote about it on my blog, too ironic!

noreply@blogger.com (Maryann)

Hi Kate!
What a gorgeous color ๐Ÿ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Hillary …oh really , lemme go take a look.

Maryann , thnx

noreply@blogger.com (Proud Italian Cook)

Kate, I never knew hibiscus was so medicinal, thanks for the info, I’ll try to look for some. The color is beautiful, it screems healthy! Your photo’s as usual are stunning.

noreply@blogger.com (Linda)

Oh Kate, those photos are brilliant! I like your new watermark too ๐Ÿ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (michelle @ TNS)

i love jamaica! i was just trying to find some this afternoon because i’m giving a mexican-themed party this weekend and i wanted to have some for a non-alcoholic beverage, but couldn’t find it. drat!

noreply@blogger.com (M&Ms...)

I had no clue on the health aspect of it. One of my fav restaurants in the US serves Hibiscus Iced tea and I used to love it. I should start with some form of hibiscus again. The dried flower pic is lovely. You have talent girl…!

noreply@blogger.com (Homecooked)

Wow…didnt know that we could make a drink of flowers.It looks very refreshing.

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Proud Italian Cook, thanks. Glad it helped.

Linda , thnx , I LOVE MY NEW WATERMARK TOO ๐Ÿ™‚

michelle oh this could be so perfect for your party. Wish i could just give you some.

M&M hehe thnx … ๐Ÿ™‚

Homecooked , u can make a lovely drink out of these dried flowers !

noreply@blogger.com (Half Baked)

I’ve never had hibiscus tea, but your post makes me want to go try some. I love iced teas and the iced hibiscus tea looks so refreshing!

noreply@blogger.com (Annemarie)

I love the color of hibiscus tea. I’ve had it in Mexican restaurants, with some fizzy water, and it’s very refreshing.

noreply@blogger.com (Suzana)

Kate, beautiful colour for a lovely tea! I love it iced too, specially in summertime.

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Half Baked , then u’ll definitely love this.

Annemarie , its gr8 isn’t it !

Suzana ….its the best for the summer .

noreply@blogger.com (Aran)

hi kate! i just found your blog and let me tell you, i’m impressed! your photos are stunning. the composition and the colors are so bright. beautiful. well done!

noreply@blogger.com (maybahay)

wow, i didn’t realise that dried hibiscus could be made into tea. and i grew up surrounded by it. lovely photos…

noreply@blogger.com (Zen Chef)

I feel refreshed just looking at the pictures. It’s like you, a breeze of fresh air in the middle of the desert – and it’s pretty too.
I’m going to take a nap now. ๐Ÿ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Helene)

I love the pictures. The ice one looks so great.

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