Organic Hibiscus

Tart and mouth puckering with earthy, beet-like undertones and a light sweetness

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Organic Hibiscus
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Organic Hibiscus

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This Organic Hibiscus (also known as Flor de Jamaica or Roselle) blends hibiscus calyces from two African countries, Egypt and Kenya. Unlike our previous hibiscus which was sourced from one origin, this blended dual-origin hibiscus combines seedpods from pink and red varieties to offer an herbal tea that is a vision of beauty! The pink hibiscus from Kenya contributes a bright, tart and sweet note to the cup while the thick, earthy, and beet-like note comes from the Egyptian hibiscus. The seedpods range in color from a dark, deep crimson all the way to a bright pink, and the liquor is a vibrant scarlet. This exceptionally delicious organic, caffeine-free tea is bold, tart, and mouth-puckering with notes of citrus and cranberry highlighting all the qualities of high-end hibiscus.

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!

Ingredients: organic hibiscus

Origin: Egypt and Kenya

Organic Kenyan Hibiscus

While most hibiscus on the market is typically grown in Asia, we source our hibiscus from two areas in Africa and blend them together. One part of this blend comes from Meru Herbs in Kenya, a small women’s cooperative. Located along the Kithino River in the lush Meru region of Kenya where mango, papaya, lemon, pineapple, and guava are also grown, this co-op was originally created to provide job opportunities and fair wages for Kenyan women. Eighty percent of the employees in this small co-op are women who fulfill positions in farming, harvesting, processing, and management. Meru Herbs also helps to educate other local farmers about organic farming, empower women in the community, and to acquire vital resources (specifically irrigation) for the community.

Steeping Instructions

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At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend herbal and rooibos teas to be steeped for 5 to 7 minutes in water heated to a full rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. If you want a stronger brew, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Chelsea

    "Iced Hibiscus tea in the summer is the ultimate healthy refresher for me. I love the beet-like earthiness and the juicy tart flavor!"

  • Sarah

    "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."

  • Aubrey

    "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!"

Health Benefits

 

Hibiscus is loved for its tart and juicy flavor, but is also consumed for its potential health benefits. Research has found that drinking hibiscus tea can help lower blood pressure. According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, daily consumption of hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure in mildly hypertensive patients. Additionally, some studies show that hibiscus tea may contain more antioxidants than any other tea - even more than matcha! For these reasons it has grown in popularity as a healthy beverage.

For more information about health benefits of Hibiscus and other types of herbs, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Herbal Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 5
    A Beautiful Tea

    Posted by John Karpinski on 15th Oct 2020

    I have tried many teas and this has become overall favorite. Arbor Teas is very accurate with their description of the tea being tart with earthy beet-like undertones. The combination of the two hibiscus strains creates such a beautiful and delicious cup of tea.

  • 5
    Refreshingly tart and so good for you!

    Posted by Emily Yocom on 14th Oct 2020

    I ordered the sample size of this one because I’d never made my own hibiscus tea before but I remembered it being quite tart so I wasn’t sure how I’d like it. I’ve heard it called one of the healthiest beverages you can drink due to the antioxidant levels so I really wanted to get into it. Let me say, this one did not disappoint. It was definitely tart but having the full leaves (petals?) I think made it taste better than a ground up version in a tea bag would have. I’ve yet to make it iced but I’m sure it’s delicious that way as well! Unlike a lot of other teas and tisanes however, I’ve found you can’t really double steep hibiscus - the second steep comes out a dull purple color with a very dull flavor. The first steep is all you need with its vibrant red and flavorful taste! Would definitely recommend to anyone trying to add some antioxidants to their life :)

  • 5
    Great Iced Tea

    Posted by Abbey on 27th Jan 2019

    This is my favorite iced tea to have on a hot summer day. Sweet, flowery and delicious!

  • 5
    As satisfying as fine Chocolate!

    Posted by gracin on 12th Mar 2017

    I am not a fan of Herbal Teas, but this is extraordinary! It is beautiful and delicious (with sugar). It has an intense flavor - on the tart side - but with sugar added , it is satisfying enough to substitute for chocolate or something less healthy when a craving occurs. I'm also pleased to find a tea that will not interfere with the absorption of my vitamin C capsules, and in fact is high in Vitamin C itself. An new staple in my pantry!

  • 5
    A surprisingly strong tea

    Posted by Chris A on 22nd Nov 2016

    This tea had a very velvety aroma to it with a slight tinge of fruit. The tea is a very rich shade of red and steeped beautifully with the taste being tarty and slightly fruity. I was genuinely surprised how strong the tea was, but overall very good.

  • 5
    refreshing iced tea

    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!

  • 5
    The Best Hibiscus

    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!

  • 5
    YUM!!

    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!!

  • 5
    Red beauty!

    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!

  • 5
    Exotic Excellence

    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.

  • 5
    Beautiful in the Cup and Delicious in the Mouth

    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.

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