Hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii and the natives of the islands refer to it as “Pua Aloalo” or “Ma'o Hau Hele”. The flower is a symbol of old Hawaiian royalty and is presented on leis to visiting dignitaries. There are more than 200 known species of hibiscus. Every herb and flower has a symbolic meaning and Hibiscus means beauty and grace. Native to Africa, Hibiscus is closely related to a bushy ornamental shrub that decorates many tropical gardens and has become a popular flamboyant houseplant in Europe and the U.S.
Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea that is an infusion made from deep crimson colored calyces (pronounced kale-a-seas) of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower. Calyces are the leaves that hold the petals together in a hibiscus bud (Calyces are also called sepals). Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and beta-carotene.
This large, tasty flower makes a tisane (or herbal tea) that is consumed both hot and cold in many regions of the world. Hibiscus tea is commonly referred by some as “roselle”. In Brazil and India it is called “Gongura”, in Egypt and Sudan as “Karkade”, in Mexico, Central and South America as “flor de Jamaica” and in West Africa as “Bissap”.
Hibiscus petals can be used by themselves or used as a herbal tea base and blended with various herb and fruit infusions. Hibiscus is popular with independent tea shops that like to create their own signature tea blends and they’re frequently paired with rosehips and various dried fruits. We do not recommend that you use milk with a hibiscus tea as it will curdle the milk. Some herbal tea lovers prefer this with sugar.
Hibiscus makes an excellent iced tea.
Steep at 212° for up to 3 minutes.
Flavor profile of hibiscus herbal tea is more of a tart cranberry-like flavor that is mildly bitter with tannin undertones. It’s also been described with a taste that is similar to lemonade.
The tea liquor is a deep burgundy to scarlet red – depending on how much of the hibiscus flower is used for the cup.
No Caffeine. Low in antioxidants.
1 oz of Hibiscus makes 12 cups of tea.
All of our tea bags are made with unbleached tea filter paper. They are approximately 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and have no strings or tags.
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Tea was reportedly discovered in China around 2737 B.C. by The Emperor Chen Nung when a tea leaf fell into his bowl of hot water. This tradition of tea drinking became an integral part of society and was the preferred beverage for all walks of life; from monks and mandarins to the nomadic tribesmen who traded horses for bricks of tea. The Japanese may have transformed tea drinking into a sacred ceremony; however, the Chinese are credited with initiating the time honored ritual of offering a guest a cup of tea as a sign of hospitality.
Scented teas have been around for a long time and are produced according to ancestral recipes. Before the advent of essential oil extracts one of the easiest scents to duplicate was ‘Rose’. The plantations would literally cut the rose blossoms from the plants bordering fields and pathways and sprinkle these into the tea. The result was a delicate but finely flavored tea. Today the practice remains virtually the same, but essential oils are used to speed up the scenting process and freshly cut flowers are added to the tea for visual effects. The result is a delightfully attractive leaf accented with rose petals combined with the refreshing cleansing flavor of roses. The next time a guest drops by, why not offer a truly special cup of hospitality accented with the scent and petals of roses.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). We recommend adding milk and sugar (if this is to your taste), but if you prefer your tea ‘straight-up’ it is equally acceptable and enjoyable.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]
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