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    Cool off with Hibiscus Tea!

    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:53 pm
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    Hibiscus Tea is a beautiful red color and makes a beautiful beverage for a Sunday brunch, an outdoor picnic or a backyard BBQ! They can be served virgin or with a spike of high quality vodka.


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    Flor de Jamaica or Hibiscus Flower (dried) is turning up in many stores now! What an amazing drink this makes! Look for Jamaica flowers (also known as hibiscus or flor de jamaica) in the produce department even though they are dried. They can also be found in Latin grocery stores; often in the bulk bins or in the dried herbs section. You can also find them online at MexGrocer.com.

    Do not confuse this with the hibiscus flowers you might grow in your flower beds. Mexico, 'agua de Jamaica' is often served chilled and is a great way to cool off during a hot day. Even one of the most popular brands of Mexican soft drinks,"Jarritos", is made from the flowers"

    The plant is considered to have anti-hypertensive properties and has been used in folk medicine as a diuretic, mild laxative, and treatment for cardiac and nerve diseases and cancer. It can also be found in markets (as flowers or syrup) in some places such as France, where there are Senegalese immigrant communities. In East Africa, the calyx infusion, called "Sudan tea", is taken to relieve coughs. In Africa, especially the Sahel, roselle is commonly used to make a sugary herbal tea that is commonly sold on the street. The dried flowers can be found in every market.

    In the Caribbean the drink is made from the fresh fruit, and it is considered an integral part of Christmas celebrations. The Carib Brewery Trinidad Limited, a Trinidad and Tobago brewery, produces a Shandy Sorrel in which the tea is combined with beer. In Thailand, Roselle is drunk as a tea, believed to also reduce cholesterol. In Malaysia, they consider this a pro-health drink due to high contents of vitamin C and anthocyanins.

    Also known as: roselle, rosella or rosella fruit in Australia, chin baung in Myanmar, krajeab in Thailand, bissap in Senegal, Mali, and Niger, the Congo and France, dah or dah bleni in other parts of Mali, wonjo in the Gambia, zobo in Nigeria (the Yorubas in Nigeria call the white variety Isapa (pronounced Ishapa)), karkade ['karkade]) in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, omutete in Namibia, sorrel in the Caribbean and Jamaica in Latin America, Saril in Panama, rosela in Indonesia, asam paya or asam susur in Malaysia. In Chinese it is (Luo Shen Hua) .



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    Try it and tell us how you liked it!
    duonyte
    Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:45 pm
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    I love this stuff. I need to make a pitcher of it for the fridge. I find it very reasonably priced at my local Mexican market.

    If you've ever tried Red Zinger tea from Celestial Seasonings, hibiscus is what provides the red color and much of the fruity flavor.....
    Dib's
    Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:27 pm
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    I use Red Zinger when I make iced tea-love the stuff!
    Elmotoo
    Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:54 pm
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    HOPIE HOPIE HOPIE!!! I love this stuff!!! xoxoxo Bethie
    Zeldaz
    Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:36 pm
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    Jamaica (hibiscus) infusion also makes a great addition to margaritas!
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:40 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    HOPIE HOPIE HOPIE!!! I love this stuff!!! xoxoxo Bethie




    I am so glad!!!!! Color me hibiscus cuz I am hooke!!!!! lol
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:40 pm
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    Zeldaz wrote:
    Jamaica (hibiscus) infusion also makes a great addition to margaritas!





    Absolutely!
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:42 pm
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    Duonyte and Dib's



    You are right! Red Zinger is delish and derived from the hibiscus! Making hibiscus tea from scratch tho is more flavorful and worth the small effort!


    YUMMMY!
    Zeldaz
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:56 pm
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    I keep Jamaica Concentrate in my fridge. It keeps a long time but will develop mold eventually.
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