Hibiscus tea (Sharab Karkadé)

March 21, 2014  • 

 

A delicious drink made from dried hibiscus flowers. I was gifted with a bunch from my gentleman-farmer friend Salah from Egypt. The taste is tangy and fruity, similar to cranberry flavor. I like to sweeten it and I drink it almost every day, either hot or cold. 

Hibiscus tea is supposed to be very healthy and is popular in the region, especially in Egypt. 


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  1. maritachicita says:

    The tea looks delicious. I love the picture

  2. Mariana says:

    Oh, I just love it, especially during summer, cold with a little bit of honey! 🙂 And yes, it is healthy, because it’s filled with vitamin C and I did find it in Syria also by the name of karkade. In Romania it can be found in Arabic or Turkish shops. 🙂

  3. Fawn @ Cowen Park Ki says:

    I love hibiscus tea! I made a cocktail with some a while back, with tequila! http://cowenparkkitchen.com/hibiscus-tea-margarita/

  4. teawithhazel says:

    your tea sounds lovely..i was just wondering whether the hibiscus you dried were the large variety as you’ve pictured because the link seems to depict a different variety..the large variety of hibiscus grow every where here in australia and i’d love to dry them for tea..jane

    • Joumana says:

      @teawith hazel these dried hibiscus were a gift from Egypt and next time i see the gentleman farmer I will ask him (in about a week) since it comes from his family’s farm in Egypt. I will give you more precisions at that time, promise!

  5. Tlazolteotl says:

    Hi Joumana,
    hibiscus tea is also very popular in Mexico, under the name of “agua de Jamaica”, but it’s consumed chilled and with the addition of lemon juice and sugar.
    I ignore if hibiscus tea was introduced by the Spaniards or by the Lebanese immigrants more recently.
    As you know lebanese cuisine had a fairly strong influence on some of the most popular mexican dishes of nowadays (tacos al pastor being the most famous probably).

    Tlaz

    • Joumana says:

      @tlazolteotl: Would love to hear more your observations on Lebanese-influenced Mexican native cuisine! I know so many Lebanese who have settled in Latin America, especially Brazil and how they’ve managed to embed Lebanese dishes like kibbeh into the local culture.

  6. Zara says:

    Hi Joumana! I love Karkadeh tea, too! And just yesterday I came to know also that it may be used to normalize blood pressure, like this: cold karkadeh lowers blood pressure and hot one — raises. Beautiful picture by yours!
    Cheerz,
    Zara

  7. Samy says:

    Hello! Are there any stores in Lebanon where they sell hibiscus flowers?

  8. Joumana Accad says:

    @Samy I would try in Bourj Hammoud, although I cannot give you a specific store yet. I got mine from someone who was just back from Egypt.

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