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Egyptian Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea or Karkaday in Egypt is a red hibiscus flower tea high in vitamin C. The hibiscus plant flower is used to make the tea by steeping dried hibiscus flowers.

How to make Hibiscus tea,  you might ask, well just brew like regular tea. Tea made of hibiscus flowers has many health benefits and is known by many names in Africa, bissap in Senegal, and in Ghana, soobolo.
Egyptian Karkaday Hibiscus Tea Recipe


Egyptian Karkaday Hibiscus Tea Recipe

Ingredients
½ cup dried hibiscus flowers
3 cups high-quality water
Sugar optional

Directions
In a pot that has a tea diffuser add dried hibiscus. Pour water over the hibiscus. Wait for the hibiscus to infuse turning a beautiful red color, the time depends on your taste, longer brews for a richer taste, shorter for a lighter taste.

How to dry Roselle hibiscus flowers to drink and eat

About drying roselle hibiscus flowers.

Roselle or Hibiscus sabdariffa is a species of Hibiscus that have have edible calyxes that can be dried and used for tea. To dry hibiscus flowers first clip off the flowers. Remove the petals from the calyxes and spread out to dry on a rack and place in indirect sunlight. You can also use a dehydrator to dry the calyxes. When they are completely dry, remove the seeds from the inside of each calyx and store in a cool dry place. 

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