natural african superfood hibiscus flowers made with our easy recipe into hot hibiscus tea or karkadeh (www.africanepicure.com)

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Also called karkadeh in Arabic and served throughout North Africa, especially in Egypt, hot hibiscus tea soothes the throat and has a strong, vibrant taste, nothing like the diluted herbal teas you might’ve only tried until now.

Hibiscus tea is rich with minerals and vitamin C, and served hot it loses a bit of its characteristic and explosive sour.

Hot Hibiscus Tea

1 cup dried red hibiscus flowers

1 liter of filtered water

1. Boil the water.

2. Rinse the hibiscus flowers in filtered water, if they’re dusty.

3. Lay the leaves in the bottom of a tea kettle or a thermos.

4. When the water boils, remove it from the heat and gently pour the water over the hibiscus flowers.

5. Let them steep for 7 to 10 minutes, then serve with honey.

Serving suggestions:

  • As a hot drink for your afternoon tea.
  • With basbousa as a sweet snack.
  • Poured over sprigs of fresh mint.

Here are some other recipes for hibiscus:

Hibiscus Juice
Bissap Tart

If you want to learn more about hibiscus, check out:

Hibiscus Flowers (Red and White)
Hibiscus Leaves
Cooking with Flowers in the African Kitchen