What is Hibiscus (Sorrel) Tea?
Hibiscus Tea is a herbal tea that is produced when the dried flowers of the Hibiscus plant are steeped in hot water. Hibiscus, also known as Sorrel, Roselle hibiscus, Sour Tea, Jamaican Sorrel or Trinidad Sorrel, is very popular in West Africa and parts of the Caribbean. The flower can range from a dark red color to a light pink color. Hibiscus Tea has a tart flavor and can be enjoyed hot or cold.
According to WebMD, some evidence points to hibiscus as having anti-cancer and anti-bacterial qualities. This evidence mostly consists of lab studies, but numerous animal and human studies show that hibiscus can improve heart health. Researchers point to anthocyanins as the compounds most responsible for the health benefits of hibiscus. Anthocyanins are plant compounds that act as antioxidants and that give some plants their red, blue, and purple colors.
Hibiscus (Sorrel) Tea Nutritional Benefits
- Rich in antioxidants
- May help to lower Blood Pressure
- May help to lower Blood Fat Levels
- Could improve Weight Loss
Hibiscus (Sorrel) Tea Nutritional Breakdown
- Calories: 28.
- Protein: . 5 gram.
- Fat: 0 grams.
- Carbohydrates: 6 grams.
- Fiber: 0 g.
- Sugar: 0 g.
Depending on the part of the plant you are consuming and where it is grown, you may find the following nutrients in Hibiscus:
- Vitamin C
Uses of Hibiscus (Sorrel)
Before starting any herbal regimen, you should always consult your physician. If you do have a reaction after consuming Hibiscus Tea, stop immediately
Hibiscus (Sorrel) Drink Recipe
PREP TIME: 10 Minutes
COOK TIME: 1 Hour
SERVINGS: 8 Cups
Teapot or stove pot for steeping
- 8 Cups of Hot Water
- 3 oz Dried Hibiscus Flower (tea)
- 1 Stick of Cinnamon
- 6 Whole Cloves
Add 8 cups of hot water to a pot or teapot
Add dried Hibiscus tea, cinnamon and cloves (TrueTeaLovers – Hibiscus Tea)
Let steep for 1 hr
Add sugar to taste
Best when served chilled