J-is-for-Jamaica: otherwise known as the Hibiscus flower and commonly referred to as Roselle. This wonderful flower is a great way to drink as hot or cold tea!
One of the best things about living in a different culture than what you’re used to are the opportunities to try new things. When it comes to tea I have definitely done that! It’s so awesome to buy fresh ingredients at the local market, bring them home, and make a great cup of tea before bed.
In Latin America flor de Jamaica is very common. My children like it as a juice. I prefer it as a hot tea. Hibiscus tea (juice) is generally tart and deeper red in color. We usually add sugar to compliment the tart, cranberry like flavor.
The Jamaica flower is a great way to get vitamins and a wonderful source of antioxidants. These magical antioxidants help lower blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and detox the body. It is said that there are more of these powerful antioxidants in this flower than in vegetable, tomato, and orange juices.
Let’s try making a fresh brew for ourselves!
Flor de Jamaica Recipe (Cold Tea)
- ¼ Cups – dried Jamaican flowers
- 7 Cups – water
- ½ Cup – sugar
- Ice Cubes
- Boil the dried Jamaican flowers in 3 cups of water for about 20-30 minutes over a medium-low heat.
- Set aside for 4 hours or overnight with the flowers in the water.
- Boil the other 4 cups of water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Set aside and let cool.
- Strain the flower water into a pitcher. Add the 4 cups of sugar water and stir well. Add Ice cubes if desired and also more sugar if you find the tea too tart.
Now you have just made Jamaica iced tea! Have fun drinking your power punch of antioxidants and feel the excitement of trying something new.