Deep Red Hibiscus Tea is made from infused hibiscus flower petals and is high in vitamin C, among other vitamins and minerals, and is naturally a diuretic. It is drunk hot or cold around the world and some prefer to add spices and sweeten it with sugar and tart. To make your own hibiscus tea from scratch, you first need to grow the flowers. There are ways to grow hibiscus and dry the flower parts needed to make tea.
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Choose the type of hibiscus flower you want to grow. There are over 200 known species of hibiscus flowers in the world. However, the most used species for tea is the hibiscus ladder. Get seeds from a nursery or seed store. Organic seeds are preferred.
Plant sometime between mid-May and early June. If you live in a cooler climate, it’s best to start on a nursery bed or well-drained container in a sheltered growth room. If you live in a warm climate, you can sow seeds straight from the ground. These flowers love a warm, humid climate and will not survive frosts. In Julia F. Morton’s book “Fruits of Warm Climates,” she says that flowers bloom best at temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you live in an area where it rarely rains, water the seeds regularly. However, avoid flooding and always keep them moist. If you started your seeds in a nursery, they can be transplanted into outdoor beds when they are about 4 inches tall.
Monitor your plants so that you can choose sepals at the right time. Depending on the climate, it can take three to five months to mature.
When they are ripe, pick each calyx to be dried for tea use. The sepals or outer bunches that protect the flower buds are bright and shiny when ready. When the actual flowers fall, they are big and ready. You should be able to cut the ready ones. The ones under the factory will be the first to be ready.
Wash the plucked sepals and dry them in the sun or in a dehydrator.
Place a few pieces of dried hibiscus in a silk sachet and place in a mug. Pour boiling water and let steep for a few minutes. Add sugar if you like and drink hot or cold drinks.