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Cold Brew Hibiscus Flower Tea

Hibiscus flower tea has been named the most antioxidant-rich drink. So in this article we want to take a closer look at these beautiful red flowers.

The hibiscus flowers from the red, African mallow Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (Roselle) are wonderful for a cold tea brew. Interestingly, it’s not the petals that are used for this, but the calyces, the part of the flower that protects the bud and flowering petals.

What makes this tea so interesting?

  • The fruity-fresh hibiscus tea tastes wonderfully refreshing on hot days.
  • The components include pectins, mucilage polysaccharides, flavonoids, anthocyanins and vitamin C.
  • As a result of an American study, hibiscus tea was named the most antioxidant-rich beverage.*
  • Hibiscus flower tea reduces blood sugar fluctuations and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive effects**.

Sources:
*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20096093
**https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/140/2/298/4600320

Hibiscus flowers can be bought in tea bags, but ideally you can buy them loose.

COLD BREW HIBISCUS FLOWER TEA


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small handful of hibiscus flowers
  • 4 cups of water
  • Juice of one lemon

PREPARATION

  • Pour water over hibiscus flowers and keep in the refrigerator overnight.
  • In the morning strain the tea and add the lemon juice.

The tea can be enjoyed throughout the day. If you find it too sour, you can add an alternative sweetener.

With a little ice, this tea becomes a delicious summer drink.

Hibiskustee Kaltansatz

 

You can find more refreshing summer drinks here:

Summer Ginger Lemonade

 

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Ulrike Eder (Author)

Ulrike is a naturopath, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Hippocrates Lifestyle Medicine Coach and phytotherapist. Together with her husband, Jürgen, she leads the Holistic Nutrition Coach training program of Your Nutrition Academy.

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