Seeing the World Through Rose Colored…
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.