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Удивительный китайский травяной чай - Hibiscus Sabdariffa

There are many types of tea, from light ones, dark ones, sweet ones and bitter ones, each with its own unique taste, but there's one that all tea lovers must taste. It serves as a drink and a medicine at the same time. I'm talking about the amazing Chinese herbal tea Hibiscus sabdariffa, also known as roselle and sour tea.


What is hibiscus sabdariffa?

It is a tea that is gotten when the calyces of the hibiscus sabdariffa plant are steeped in hot water. It has an attractive crimson color and a taste that will leave you wanting more. It's not your average tea. Whether you crave a nice cup of tea or you want a stimulant to help you remain alert, hibiscus sabdariffa is the tea for you.


Hibiscus sabdariffa medicinal uses

1. It's easy to fall in love with this tea because of its numerous uses in the human body. Hibiscus sabdariffa helps in treating liver diseases since it neutralizes free radicals present in the body cells.

2. It helps reduce the pain experienced from cramps and menstrual pains in women. It also solves problems such as mood swings and overeating during menstruation.

3. It helps waste flow out of the body smoothly. It cures constipation, gastroenteritis and other complications related to waste removal.

4. It is an excellent choice for weight loss since it lowers the absorption of starch into the body. It also helps in lowering high blood pressure.

5. Hibiscus sabdariffa assists in flushing out excess toxins such as sweat from the body.

6. It helps you feel good. A regular cup of hibiscus sabdariffa helps relax the nervous system and get rid of depression and anxiety by causing a relaxed feeling in the body.


Grow and harvest hibiscus sabdariffa

Rosella requires warm soil in order to grow properly. The seedlings should be kept in pots until they are 3 inches high, then transfer them to the soil in the garden. They should be planted in rows about 5 feet apart. The soil they are planted in should not be mulched until they are 2 feet high. When the flower has bloomed, it will drop from the plant. You'll know that it's ripe for harvesting from its solidness when squeezed. Pick the ripe calyces and separate them from the pod. You can do this by cutting down the calyx or popping it with your fingers. As much as possible, try to keep the calyx together. Dry them and after they're completely dry, crack them open and store the seeds for use. The drier the calyces the sweeter the tea.


Hibiscus sabdariffa extract

The sweetness of the tea lies in the calyces. It is extracted from dark, dried calyces that are properly stored and exposed to the sun.


Hibiscus sabdariffa benefits

Apart from medicinal uses, hibiscus sabdariffa also has benefits to those looking to maintain and better their health. First, it can be used in place of water on hot days. Instead of walking around with a water bottle in the sun, some iced hibiscus sabdariffa will cool the body at a faster rate. Second, it can either be drank in hot or cool weather. During hot days, it can be drank with some ice in it to provide the body with a much desired cool feeling. In the cold weather, it can be brewed hot and drank straight away. Third, it is a tea with an impressively pleasant taste, making it ideal even for children. It is an ideal choice of tea since it strengthens the immune system and protects the body against contracting illnesses. 


What it tastes like

Many can be fooled into thinking that it has an unpleasant taste due to its name 'sour tea'. On the contrary, it has a wonderful taste, similar to that of cranberry juice, when prepared properly. On top of this, it has an attractive red color that just makes you want to taste it. At first you may be turned off by the slightly sour taste that greets the tongue when you take the first sip but as you progress, the sweet cranberry taste will take over and fill your mouth. It's the more dominant taste. Don't let the name or first taste discourage you from enjoying its true taste. 


How to make hibiscus sabdariffa/roselle drink

It's easy to prepare. All you need are calyces and water. Let the water boil then steep the calyces in it until a purple or red color is obtained. This color is an indicator that the water has extracted all the nutrients from the hibiscus sabdariffa. You can drink it hot if you please, or store it in a refrigerator until it becomes ice cold. The best way to enjoy its rich and unique taste is by avoiding sweeteners such as honey or sugar. The tea is naturally pleasant to the tongue, so adding any sweetener will actually change its taste. You can drink the resulting liquid with the calyces still inside the cup or you can sieve the liquid. You can also choose to use the calyces more than once for other brewing sessions. They're still packed with nutrients after a first steeping.

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