Karkanji-Hibiscus Tea - Africa

Recipe by Sharon123
READY IN: 25mins


  • water (1/2-1 gallon)
  • 1 12
    cups whole hibiscus fresh edible flowers (available at most health food stores in Western countries)
  • 1 12 - 2 12
    cups sugar
  • 12
    cup gingerroot (or 18-1/4 cup cinnamon mixed with 1/4 cup cloves)
  • sugar or honey, to taste


  • Add 1/2 to 1 gallon water to a saucepan.
  • Drop hibiscus flowers on top of the water until the surface is mostly covered with flowers. Add ginger root or cinnamon and cloves, if desired.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Once you have a running boil, turn down heat to a simmer, cover and cook at a low simmer for ten minutes.
  • Add the sugar or honey according to taste, mix well, then let simmer for five more minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and let cool for at least one hour.
  • Add ice, and serve.
  • May also be served hot, soon after the sugar is added.