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Old 05-21-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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Hibiscus Concentrate

I made this a few weeks ago and have so thoroughly enjoyed it, I wanted to share!

I drink Starbucks Passion tea (cold) on a daily basis. I use the pitcher sized teabag and I would make up a batch at a time, but the pitcher only served 4 large glasses, and would only last a day (my kids drink it too) so I wanted to make a "concentrate" version that we could pour a little into a glass and add water, that way it wasn't taking up too much room in the fridge. Passion tea is made out of hibiscus.

If you've never had hibiscus tea before, it's just about as fruity as you can get without being real fruit and it's loaded with vitamin C. It's almost like a cranberry juice with a bit of berry and citrus.

So here is my "concentrate" recipe

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers. Grate in about 2-3 tablespoons of orange zest, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Let it boil for about 3 minutes, or until the hibiscus becomes soft and chewy. Turn of the heat and let it cool for about 15 minutes. Pour the mixture through a seive slowly into a pitcher. Discard the hibiscus. Add enough sweetener to the liquid to make it super sweet. I add 100 drops of nunaturals liquid stevia.

Uses:
Pour over ice 1/3 concentrate and 2/3 water- Hibiscus tea
Pour over shaved ice
Pour 1/3 concentrate and 2/3 club soda for a "Hibiscus Fizz"
Use in place of water in a protein shake ( I use concentrate, vanilla powder, frozen strawberries, kefir, heavy cream and ice.)
Use to make cocktails

That's everything I have tried, but I'm sure I'll think of more ways to use it! My next "test" is going to make "Jello" with it
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:21 PM   #2
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We love jamaica (pronounced "huh-MY-kuh") and drink it often during the summer months. I like the idea of making a concentrate with the flowers instead of brewing up each 2 quart pot of iced jamaica as I've done in the past. I'll give it a try!
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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I added 1 teaspoon of glucomannan powder to the latest batch and it works really well to give it a better "mouth-feel."
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I'll have to try that!

Hibiscus is not only high in Vitamin C but also, being a deeply-colored blossom, is said to be high in antioxidants as well.

Here is a link to a story about its properties, you can Google search for others:

Hibiscus flowers contain antioxidants that help control cholesterol levels
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:09 PM   #5
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Wow this looks awesome!! So where do you buy hibiscus blossoms? I've been looking for them awhile!
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:12 PM   #6
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You can get them at most any Mexican market, Pooti, or order them online.
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Thanks hon! I will try Fiesta here. Do you have any idea if they use a lot of insecticide on them? Like, do I need to get organic on these? Are they expensive?
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Hmmm, I don't know about that, girlfriend. Maybe an online search for organic hibiscus would be a better bet for you?

It's not expensive here, but we have a huge Mexican population so many Mexican markets which I'm sure helps keep the cost down. Mi Pueblo here sells it in bulk.
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