Hibiscus sabdariffa is a member of the mallow family known for its vibrant red flowers. Large, showy hibiscus flowers thrive in tropical habitats and are commonly made into hibiscus tea. The cooling, refreshing brew can be quite tart. When enjoyed hot or iced, its common to add a natural sweetener to dull the tartness.
There are over 220 species within the genus Hibiscus which belong to the Malvaceae plant family. Hibiscus plants grow in most tropical areas of the world, with a minority of species able to survive in freezing environments. The abundant species found in the tropics cannot tolerate more than a few days of freezing weather and will die if such conditions persist. Hibiscus flowers come in a magnificent variety of colors. Also called roselle and ambashthaki.
Hibiscus flowers are the main ingredient in many wonderfully refreshing teas made around the world, especially in Mexico, Latin America, and North Africa. A tea known as Agua de Jamaica, or simply Jamaica in Mexico, is usually served chilled with copious amounts of sugar to sweeten the natural tartness of the hibiscus.
This herb is shown to help with circulation, regulating blood sugar, and toning the blood.
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