Even though the hibiscus is primarily grown for the decorative properties of its flowers, many cultures call the hibiscus tea their preferred drink. Even in ancient times, there is evidence that show Pharaohs of ancient Egypt drinking the hibiscus tea. This drink is usually a mixture of black tea with hibiscus flavoring.
The seeds of the hibiscus plant are planted in late spring or during the summer. These will produce a bush type plant which will produce the flowers in which the tea will be derived from. Each different species of hibiscus will produce a different flavor of tea. With over 200 different known species of the hibiscus in the world today there are many different variations of hibiscus tea available for you to sample.
Where they are grown
The hibiscus tree is typically found in tropical and subtropical regions where sunlight is abundant. The plant itself comes in many different shapes and forms, such as bushy shrubs as well as small trees. The flower itself is rather large and stands out. Other than its ability to provide great tasting tea, its conspicuous nature makes it popular for decorations. In Hawaii, the flower of the hibiscus is a popular flower for the use of making leis.
The hibiscus tea has been known for many health benefits. Regular intake of the hibiscus tea has been known to prevent constipation, bladder infection, as well as prevent high blood pressure. The hibiscus flower that is made into a form of herbal tea is usually mixed with black tea and another product known as rosehip. Even though the studies that provided this information are not scientific in nature, it is still widely believed by many.