A refreshing tea
Agua de jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah), is an infusion of dried red hibiscus flowers. The taste is slightly tart and refreshing. If you’ve ever had red zinger tea, it’s a little like that. Or a little like cranberry juice I love to add some fresh squeazed juice which makes it almost punch-like.
Hibiscus tea (an infusion actually) is popular all around the world. The hibiscus flower grows in tropical and semi-tropical climates. hibiscus trees are plentyful all over Los Angeles. You can find the dried hibiscus flowers at almost any Mexican market (look for “flor de jamaica”), I’ve bought them at Trader Joes or you can order them online but I like to pick them fresh from the garden.
The tea is a natural diuretic and has lots of Vitamin C. There’s also at least one government study that shows that hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure.
Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea) Recipe
- Prep time: 5 minutes
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