In Season: Hibiscus Tisane


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Last Sunday I came across a new find at my local farmers market: these pint-sized baskets filled with crimson crowns of hibiscus hips. I had never seen anything like them before, so I asked the farmer how best to use them.

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He recommended brewing an herbal tisane (tea). Naturally rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, hibiscus hips have a tart flavor and impart a beautiful pinkish-red hue when steeped in hot water. If consumed regularly, this caffeine-free tea can lendΒ support to the immune system as well as improve cardio-vascular health by lowering high blood pressure.

Hibiscus Tisane is delicious blended with a little honey and served hot or chilled over ice.

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Drinking a daily glass of this easy-to-make herbal tea may be just the thing to keep your body fortified for the cold and flu season ahead.

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Hibiscus Tisane (makes one gallon)

*recipe courtesy of Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg, California

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh hibiscus hips
  • 1 gallon spring water
  • 1/4 cup honey (or to taste) *I used raspberry honey

Directions:

  1. Lightly rinse hibiscus hips and place in 1 gallon of spring water in a stock pot. Heat on the stove until boiling. Boil 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in honey. Let cool for several hours or overnight.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove the hibiscus hips and discard. Pour the tisane into a gallon container and chill. *May be poured in a cup and re-heated, or served over ice.

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6 comments

  1. Super chill recipe and what an unusual looking fruit!

  2. I wonder if you could boil it down and pour it on pancakes, ice cream topping. Sounds delicious.

  3. How neat to make this yourself. I usually just buy Hibiscus tea from the. Republic of Teas. I be it tastes quite good homemade. I have never seen raspberry honey here, though.

    • Don’t let the raspberry honey suggestion throw you off this recipe Jovina. It would be just as lovely made with a regular wildflower honey. And this homemade version using fresh hibiscus hips is more flavorful than a tea made from dried herbs. If you can find them, be sure to give this a try!

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