This herb is made up of the dried calyces, the outer leaflike structure which supports the flower bud and petals of the tropical hibiscus flower. While it is grown commercially in India and Africa, you may have seen this plant grown ornamentally in local gardens.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of hibiscus, where to buy hibiscus tea, and what to do with hibiscus once you have it.
Benefits of Hibiscus
A member of the mallow family, hibiscus is a cooling and demulcent herb, which means it is soothing and moistening to mucus membranes like our mouth and throat. This makes it a particularly beneficial drink in hot and dry climates, or for someone whose constitution runs hot and dry.
The bright flower is also full of antioxidants and vitamin C, and has been shown to be beneficial to heart health and reducing hypertension.
Where to Buy Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus has become more and more popular over the years, adding its particular flavor to different tea blends. But not all tea is created equal. In order to use the best of any herb or tea, you want to find quality loose-leaf tea.
After learning about the beauty of hibiscus, you may be wondering where to buy hibiscus tea.
Plum Deluxe has you covered. We carry Just Hibiscus tea, which is organic, fair trade hibiscus calyces. We also carry a wide variety of hand-crafted blends containing hibiscus.
Easy to Be green tea is blueberry and hibiscus blended with sencha green tea and green rooibos. This smooth, fruity tea is good both iced and hot, with just a little caffeine kick from the green tea.
A great herbal blend is our Happy Hour blend which combines lime with the hibiscus, a perfect pairing. This one is particularly good for cold brewing and making cocktails.
Another great herbal blend and a good blend for sleepy time tea is our Tranquil Dreams herbal tea. This blend tastes of citrus and chamomile, blending tart hibiscus, orange peel, and rose hips with sweet spearmint, lemongrass, and chamomile. Tranquil Dreams is great hot or cold and has no caffeine which makes it a great calming drink all day long and before bed.
If you need a tea that will give you more pep in your step, try our Raspberry Lemon mate blend. A blend of green mate tea with raspberry, lemon, and hibiscus provides a light flavor with a calm caffeine boost.
How to Use Hibiscus
Because of its demulcent properties and tart flavor, hibiscus forward teas are often best cold brewed. This captures the best of the cooling and moistening benefits while not getting too tart a flavor. Some teas, however, keep hibiscus as a more subtle supporting flavor.
Either way, a hot brew is perfectly acceptable and will bring out more of a cranberry flavor to the tea. Whether you choose to brew your hibiscus hot or cold, you don’t want to add any milk to your cup. The acidity in hibiscus causes milk to curdle.
Since you can grab a bag of Just Hibiscus, you can try your hand at blending your own teas! Check out our line of single ingredient teas which includes Just Rosehips, Just Elderberries, Just Elderflower, and Just Ginger for more blending ingredients.
Try using a simple green tea like our Hope Blend, a blend of black and green with citrus notes in our Kitchen Table blend, or a basic black tea like our Fog Cutter Irish Breakfast tea as a base tea. If you want to try blending with more of a flavored tea, hibiscus would pair well with any fruity blend.
Hibiscus is great for tea, tropical drinks, and cocktails, but it can also be used to make food! This vanilla-hibiscus cake soaks a vanilla cake with homemade hibiscus liqueur. This hibiscus smoothie is another great way to use hibiscus in your mealtime.
Hibiscus also makes a bright and cheery tea-infused ice pop that’s perfect for cooling down. With so many options for blending, drinking, and crafting treats, take advantage of knowing where to buy hibiscus tea and try out this unique flower.
Ready to get started? Check out our hibiscus teas and pick your favorite. You'll fall in love with its delightfully sweet and tangy flavor.