If you’re looking for a delicious herbal tea, consider hibiscus tea.
Very fragrant and naturally caffeine-free, hibiscus tea is made from the petals of the hibiscus flower. It has a tart, red berry flavor and is drunk hot or cold (we particularly love it iced, where the tartness is extra refreshing).
FOOD TRIVIA: The hibiscus plant is a member of the mallow family, the most famous member of which is the marsh mallow. The sap of the marshmallow root was used in ancient times to make marshmallow confections. Today, gelatin and egg whites are used.
The Republic Of Tea has six flavors of hibiscus tea, in bags and as loose tea: Natural Hibiscus Tea, Blueberry Hibiscus Tea, Key Lime Hibiscus Tea, Pineapple Lychee Hibiscus Tea and Vanilla Apple Hibiscus Tea. We brew them as iced tea year-round.
Hibiscus tea is tart, refreshing and good
for you. Photo courtesy Republic Of Tea.
Scientific studies suggest that hibiscus is not only rich in vitamin C and minerals, but also significantly effective in maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Research has also found beneficial anti-inflammatory and mild anti-bacterial properties. (Check with your healthcare provider, but the recommendation is three cups a day for these health benefits.)
How To Steep Herbal Tea
Herbal tea requires longer steeping than black tea.
1. Heat fresh water to a rolling boil.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of herbs or 1 tea bag per six-ounce cup (add more for a larger mug).
3. Steep tea for 5 to 7 minutes. Put a lid on the cup to keep the heat in. If the steeped tea is not as hot as you like it, microwave it for 10-20 seconds.
4. For iced tea, double the amount of tea used, steep as above and pour over ice.