Hibiscus has a pleasant sweet and sour taste. It is especially popular in Egypt.
Hibiscus is one of the few drinks that almost everyone likes. To appreciate the sweet and sour taste of such tea, you do not need to be an expert. Of course, it is most useful to drink hibiscus for weight loss in its natural form, but some add sugar to it.
Dried rose buds can be bought at Chinese tea stores. For brewing delicate flowers should use water at a temperature of 85-95 degrees. Such tea should be infused for three to five minutes, after which you can drink the resulting pale aromatic drink.
Hibiscus tea: benefits and harms
Hibiscus has a therapeutic effect: tea strengthens the walls of blood vessels, has antipyretic, antispasmodic and diuretic properties. Due to the high content of vitamins, the drink enhances immunity.
It is believed that pink tea puts in order thoughts and helps in the fight against depression. In addition, it improves the condition of the skin, and in combination with jasmine tea promotes weight loss.
To refrain from using hibiscus should only those who suffer from gastritis with high acidity or peptic ulcer. This is due to the fact that hibiscus increases the acidity of gastric juice.
It is also necessary to properly use hibiscus. For example, in a hot state, this drink raises blood pressure, and in a cold state it lowers it. Therefore, those who suffer from hypertension or hypotension should carefully monitor the temperature of the drink.
How to brew hibiscus
There are different ways to cook hibiscus. Petals can be brewed with boiling water and infused for five minutes – this method of preparing the drink is the most common.
You can fill the hibiscus with cold water, bring to a boil and boil for a couple of minutes – this way you can extract the maximum of useful substances from flower petals, but the content of vitamin C in the drink will significantly decrease. Finally, there are ways to “cold” cook hibiscus. To do this, the teapot is poured with cold water and infused for a couple of hours – this will preserve vitamins.
Various spices can be added to the drink: orange or lemon peels, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger. All these additives enrich the taste of the drink. In any case, you can not cook hibiscus in a metal bowl and keep the drink on fire for too long.
Hibiscus brew only once, to prepare another portion of the drink should take new petals. Interestingly, the “tea leaves”, that is, steamed petals of hibiscus, it is quite possible to eat. They contain a lot of pectin and vitamins, which is why they are very useful.
What dishes can I add hibiscus
Hibiscus infusion is used to prepare various dishes, for example, cocktails, non-alcoholic substitute for mulled wine, jelly. A bright red drink will give a pleasant shade and rich aroma to mousses, ice cream, various desserts. In the infusion, you can soak apples, pears and other fruits before further processing – this will give the fruits a pleasant pink tint, attractive aroma and a refreshing taste. Dry petals are added to soups, preserves, compotes.