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Hibiscus Tea

If you’re a tea drinker like me, I’d like to introduce you to my new obsession: Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea. New is a relative term as I’ve known about this sort of tea for quite some time, but it wasn’t until now that I’ve been able to find it in the grocery stores.

The first time I had this delicacy was probably about 8 years ago when I ordered Hibiscus Iced Tea at Big Bowl. Ever since then, no Big Bowl meal was complete without it, and I would say that my addiction to Big Bowl was in part fueled by my addiction to this tea. And unfortunately, for years and years, Big Bowl was the only place I knew that had it. So I tried to wean myself off a bit, convincing myself that a beverage was not a reason to go to a restaurant.

But then, something amazing happened. I went to Belgium. Of course Belgium is amazing, but more relevant to the story is that while I was there, I was offered a selection of teas that contained two bags of hibiscus and rosehip tea. I couldn’t believe it…I can steep my very own hibiscus tea? Who knew?!

I immediately poured the hot water into my glass (yes, a glass, not a mug!) and watched the bag seep out hues of bright pink and deep red. It’s the only non-fruit tea I’ve ever seen or heard of that has this sort of color, and its flavor is just as unique. Imagine all the lovely scents of flowers wrapped up into a taste, and you have rosehip and hibiscus tea. It’s subtly sour, and very full-bodied, and just plain soothing.

It beats all other teabags out of the water if you ask me. I highly recommend it.

And the best part is, now, it’s everywhere! I’ve seen all sorts of brands carry it in all sorts of grocery stores. My dream just about came true.

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  • http://gourmeted.com Joy

    I love tea! I haven’t tried tea with rosehip…hmm. I really love the color, though.

  • http://www.theperfectpantry.com Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    When I was in college, I started drinking red teas — I think my favorite was Raspberry Zinger, but it wasn’t as red as this one. Wouldn’t this be beautiful as iced tea?!

  • MRS KAT

    I USE TO DRINK “RUBY MIST” SO GOOD HOT OR OVER ICE- FRUITY,TART,HEALTHY,
    CAFINE-FREE from the STASH TEA COMPANY
    IT IS SO HARD TO FIND LOCALLY NOW.
    IF I WANT TO ENJOY IT- I’LL HAVE TO ORDER IT DIRECTLY FROM THE COMPANY.
    My son was not a tea drinker but this tea-less delight was just the trick when he had a cold.
    Lots of vitamin C IN ROSEHIB

  • MRS KAT

    CONTINUED: ROSEHIP
    ALSO HAS HIBISCUS,PEPPERMINT,ORANGE PEEL
    LEMON GRASS,CASSIA, AND CIRRIC ACID
    I LOVED IT SUCH A GREAT WARM DRINK WHEN YOUR FEELING FLUISH OR DOWN WITH A BAD COLD.
    SUCH A REFRESHING ICE EY DRINK WHEN THE WEATHER IS JUST TOO HOT.

  • http://www.getheirloomtomatoes.com Anna

    Hello, Yes,I love tea.Right now I am drinking Tezo “Chai” which I really love to drink in the wintertime. But have to say that your beautiful red Rosehip and hiciscus does sound delightful. Guess I will have to give it a try. Thanks Anna

  • http://curiousfoodie.wordpress.com Amelia

    I absolutely love tea. I drink it even though its supposed to be bad for a girl when she’s got her ‘time of the month’. It’s great when I have sore throats. I love it with scones, cakes and anything. Yum!

  • Ursula

    Having grown up in Germany, I really missed my variety of teas when I first came into this country and had my family mail me the teas. The different fruit and herbal teas are what most german children grow up on as a drink instead of sugary Kool Aid, or try Fennel Tea for a collicky Baby. Its naturaly soothing and works like a miracle and children love the taste. Most of the gourmet stores now carry the different fruit teas, or stores like The World Market. On-line at GermanDeli.com they have a wonderful selection, you are going to love some of the newer combinations like “Hot Love” a mixture of raspberry, rosehip, hibiscus, orange, peppermint with just a hint of vanilla. Hot or cold over ice, sweetened or unsweetened, a pure delight.

  • http://aapplemint.blogspot.com/ kate

    oh this is a real co incidence :)
    Nice to know a lot of people are using this wonderful flower.

  • jayne

    My favorite tea of the moment is Wissotzky Tea’s Cranberry Splash, but the Rosehip & Hibiscus is a close second. I got a sampler box of Wissotzky Teas from my mom for Christmas and I love all of them.

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