Hibiscus or Hibiscus Sabdariffa is a tropical flowering plant that is typically found in the caribbean islands and Mexico as well as china and india. In Hindu tradition the Hibiscus was used as an offering to the Goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha.
Hibiscus is typically made into a tea. In Jamaica it is called sorrel or Red Sorrel, not to be confused with the red sorrel that is a type of lettuce with reddish veins that grows through it's leaves.
The Hibiscus flowers are dried before being turned into a tea. The hibiscus flowers are known for their ability to lower blood pressure and to help people to loose weight. I usually have a very healthy stock of Hibiscus flowers on hand because theres nothing better than a nice cold glass of Hibiscus tea.
How To Make Hibiscus Tea
2 cups Hibiscus flowers
4 cups of water
2/3 cups of sugar or honey
Combine the flowers,water,honey or sugar in a medium saucepan. bring to boil and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
remove from heat and let cool. strain out the flowers and pour the tea over ice and enjoy.
You can also had orange slices and juice and a cinnamon stick or two to give the tea a little bit more of a tropical flavor. You can also add mint tea to the Hibiscus tea to add a more summer like flavor