Our NEW Organic and Fair Trade Certified Hibiscus (also known as Flor de Jamaica) is a vision of beauty! Grown in Burkina Faso (Africa), the dried flower pieces highlight all of the spectacular qualities of this botanical - from its beautiful ruby colored petals, to its bright, crimson, caffeine-free infusion. Its tart, mouth-puckering brew has notes of citrus and cranberry that are offset by a slight sweetness. A truly impressive representation of an organic herbal tea!
This organic Hibiscus can be used to make an Agua de Jamaica in your own home. Agua de Jamaica (also known as Agua de Flor de Jamaica or Rosa de Jamaica) is a traditional Latin American drink that, in its most simple form, is an infusion of hibiscus flowers with sugar and lemon. We have also seen ginger, orange, vanilla, cinnamon, and even rum added!
Please note: if you are a regular customer of our organic Hibiscus you will notice a change in the size of our current hibiscus. We transitioned to a new hibiscus in early 2016 that is milled into smaller, medium cut pieces to allow for a more complete infusion (compared to the dried, whole flower that we previously sold). To adjust for the difference in particle size, we increased the quantity of tea in our hibiscus packages. Don't worry, we kept the price per serving the same and only increased the amount of tea in the bag. We also have updated our recommendation for the serving size. We now recommend using 1 rounded teaspoon of hibiscus, instead of our previous recommendation of 1 rounded tablespoon.
Ingredients: organic Hibiscus
Serving Size: one rounded teaspoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Good quality Hibiscus is not just tart. A good Hibiscus also has an earthiness in the cup that I liken to a beet. Note the hint of beet that is tasted on the backend. Delicious!
Sarah Says: There is nothing like a spicy tamale and a glass of iced Agua de Jamaica! The Hibiscus is tart and beautifully crimson, you are instantly refreshed.
Posted by Jo on 22nd Apr 2015
We are not hot tea drinkers here, so I can't speak to that, but iced, this is WONDERFUL. It's a little tart (which I consider a good thing - and I suppose if I didn't let it steep so long, maybe it wouldn't be, as some have stated) and just amazingly refreshing. I keep reording this one!
Posted by Joey on 18th Jan 2015
This is the best hibiscus tea I have ever had by far! It is almost impossible to over-steep and has the best aroma! It's like drinking a fruit juice!
Posted by Bonnie R. on 6th Jan 2015
Loved this!! I love hibiscus in other blends and to have a blend thats basically all hibiscus is wonderfully exotic!! You need to love hibiscus of course but the quality is so great!! It's wonderful! My sample was gone in a snap! Back to buy a large bag! LOVE IT!!
Posted by Yen-Wen on 15th Dec 2014
I can't believe how much I love it the first time I try it!
It's not only beautiful red in color, the taste is not sharp or tart at all. It's smooth, fruity and slightly citrusy. Just the right balance,
I like to make it on the lighter side. So I can drink it all day long.
It's very satisfying!
Posted by Tammy on 11th Dec 2014
Please hibiscus petals are amazing. They have such a rich flavor and I can almost taste the vitamin C! I know it's not possible, but still. I love mixing hibiscus with peppermint for a wonderful iced tea. I have tried others but nothing beats the quality and taste of these from Arbor Teas.
Posted by Denis on 7th Oct 2013
I have been an aficionado of hibiscus tea for a decade or more, and this version is the best I have ever had! Just opening the bag allows the hibiscus scent to escape, and the hibiscus itself is moist and fresh.
And the taste is classic hibiscus. I have nothing to add to the description by the staff, only to recommend that you try it if you've never tried it before (I prefer it myself as a hot tea, but iced would be delicious too, I expect). And, while Arbor Teas likely is prevented from stating so, there are reports of hibiscus tea having a salutary effect on blood pressure, so that 's a bonus. Just google hibiscus and hypertension on Google Scholar for references.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one rounded tablespoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 5-7 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Herbal teas, unlike tea from the plant camellia sinensis, do not get astringent with longer brew times. So if you happen to steep longer than 7 minutes, don’t worry! Your herbal tea will gain more flavor, but it will never become astringent!
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!