You might remember my post on Nu Waters Co-Op not too long ago. Well, one of the items that I purchased while there was a bag of dried Hibiscus petals. I’d had them a while, just waiting for some free time to make some juice from them.
When I was in my single digits(age wise), my family and I lived in Cotonou, Benin in West Africa. During our 3 years there, we were introduced to not only a new culture different from our Rwandese one, but we were also introduced to new foods as well. My mom shopped ” au marcher” BKA a food market, at these markets you would find all kinds of crops, herbs, meats and other items being sold by different ” vendeuse” bka vendors. In addition to these markets, there were also “mobile” vendors who would travel neighborhood-to-neighborhood selling prepared foods, Garri with nuts, the most refreshing water I’ve ever tasted and Bissap.
So, Bissap is a refreshing drink made with dried Hibiscus flowers derived from the Roselle plant. The drink is deep red in color and is usually consumed as a juice or herbal tea, I personally prefer it cold. It is sometimes prepared with some flavorings, like; sugar, mint, pineapple or ginger. It’s such an easy drink to make, and has different health benefits which you can look up on your own time. If you’re looking for a refreshing juice that you can drink by the pool all summer long, listen up!
To start you’ll need to purchase a bag of dried Hibiscus flowers, then you’ll need a pot with water. Apologies for not having measurements, but there’s really no way you can mess this up. Stir the Hibiscus into the water, and let it come to a boil. Once it boils, remove from heat and strain to take out the used Hibiscus. The water should be a deep red color like cranberry juice, that’s how you know it’s ready. This is where you can add additional flavoring(tastes good without it too) like sugar, lemon, ginger or mint. I tried it with pineapple juice and lemon as well and it turned into a different drink, still tasty too. Stay tuned for a lovely adult beverage coming in my next post using this refreshing juice.
How do you prepare your Hibiscus?
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