Hibiscus Tea - Karkadé
Type: Functional Food
Hibiscus Tea - Karkadé: 150 g
Hibiscus tea is a herbal tea made as an infusion from crimson or deep magenta-coloured calyces (sepals) of the roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) flower. It is consumed both hot and cold.
It has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals. Hibiscus tea contains 15-30% organic acids, including citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidin and delphinidin, that give it its characteristic deep red colour.
The drink is called:
- roselle (a name for the flower) or rosella in Australia
- agua de Jamaica and/or flor de Jamaica in Latin America
- Arhul ka phool in India
- karkadé in Levant, Egypt, Sudan, Italy and Russia
- Chai Kujarat in Iraq
- Chai Torsh in Iran
- Gumamela in the Philippines
- bissap, tsoborodo or wonjo in West Africa
- sorrel in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago
- red sorrel in the wider Caribbean
- the U.S., it is sometimes known as simply Jamaica.
Hibiscus is used for treating loss of appetite, colds, heart and nerve diseases, upper respiratory tract pain and swelling (inflammation), fluid retention, stomach irritation, and disorders of circulation; for dissolving phlegm; as a gentle laxative; and as a diuretic to increase urine output.
In foods and beverages, hibiscus is used as a flavoring. It is also used to improve the odor, flavor, or appearance of tea mixtures.
High cholesterol. Some early research suggests that taking hibiscus extract bymouth or consuming hibiscus tea might lower cholesterol levels in people with metabolic syndrome or diabetes.
How does it work?
The fruit acids in hibiscus may work like a laxative. Some researchers think that other chemicals in hibiscus might be able to lower blood pressure; decrease spasms in the stomach, intestines, and uterus; and work like antibiotics to kill bacteria and worms.
Surgery: Hibiscus might affect blood sugar levels, making blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop using hibiscus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.