This Roselle Juice Hibiscus Tea Recipe is made using fresh Roselle Plant flowers. It can be made both with fresh flowers or from dried flowers as well. Unless you’re making Thai tea or a Chai, tea is generally extremely simple to make. Rosella tea is no different.
What is the difference between Roselle and Hibiscus?
Originally when creating this recipe I figured Roselle plant’s proper name was Hibiscus. But I found out that this “hibiscus tea” is better called “Roselle tea“.
Roselle tea or Roselle juice is made from flowers in the Hibiscus genus. When looking up more information about Hibiscus Tea, I found that a different type of Hibiscus tea comes from Hibiscus flowers that look like this:
Our “Roselle Juice” Hibiscus tea recipe here does not use flowers that look like this image above with the Hummingbird and the red Hibiscus flowers. The reason for my confusion is that Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants with hundreds of different species.
Roselle plant is just one of the 100’s of species variations. When fully bloomed, the Roselle variety of the Hibiscus flower (this recipe) looks like this:
Roselle juice comes from flowers harvested before they get to this bloom point.
So that clears the Hibiscus tea vs Roselle tea confusion. Next is that Roselle tea itself has many names depending on what country you’re in.
The Many Popular Names Of Roselle Juice
The Roselle Plant itself has several different names too. It grows along the same latitude across the world, native to tropical and subtropical regions, and naturally each country has its own name for it.
This recipe’s particular species of Hibiscus (Roselle Flower) comes from the hibiscus sabdariffa species. The hibiscus sabdariffa species is said to be native to West Africa (but this is not certain). When the sabdiriffa species (this recipe!) is infused in hot water, the result is known as “carcade.”
- In Mexico it’s known as Agua De Jamaica or Jugo De Jamaica (J sounds like an H).
- In other places like the UK it’s known as Sorrel Juice.
As long as the flower looks like this image below, then we’re talking about the same plant for this recipe, the Roselle plant.
These same flowers above fully budded and harvested in the pot:
Here are some of the names of this tea and flower:
- Hibiscus tea
- Rosella (Australia)
- Flor De Jamica – “Hamaica” (Flower in Latin countries)
- Agua De Jamaica – “Hamaica” (the Roselle Juice in Latin countries)
- Sorrel plant (in U.K. based Asian or Caribbean stores)
- Guddahal Flower & Tea (India)
I call it Roselle juice or Hibiscus tea.
Hibiscus Tea Benefits
Other than the fact that it’s so easy to make, Roselle is a very unique plant with the most notable health benefit being for high blood pressure. Because of this, it’s considered an herbal medicine plant. And it has a unique taste that blends well with many other fruits. So your creation options are endless.
I prefer straight Roselle juice with no added sugar at all, just a bit of salt while boiling. But usually a sweetener at the least is added, like honey, sugar or stevia extract. Other fruits can work great too, like oranges and limes.
What Is Roselle Juice Good For? Lots…
There’s a study from 2015 study in the Journal of Hypertension that showed Roselle plant may reduce blood pressure in the amounts of 7.5/3.5 units, systolic/diastolic (source).
Hibiscus tea benefits from the Roselle plant provide far more than the reduction of blood pressure as well. It is a super healthy herbal tea, and while there are no official studies that back up many of its health benefits, from researching this plant’s beneficial qualities, I believe it’s a great addition to any home remedies list. Here’s a quick list of some Hibiscus tea benefits I found online from Healthline and a few other articles (source):
- Full of antioxidants
- May lower blood fat levels
- Liver health (this is one of my favorites!)
- May promote weight loss
- Potential cancer preventative
- Bacteria fighting qualities
This article on Herbpathy boasts a long list of very great health benefits potentially received from Roselle juice/Hibiscus tea. Here are some of them:
- Baldness (when applied topically)
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Menstrual disorders
- Kidney disease
- Dandruff (topically)
- High cholesterol
- Wounds (topically)
- Depression: Roselle has antidepressant properties that help relax nervous tension and provide daily stress and anxiety relief.
- Liver diseases
Before we get into the roselle juice recipe, here’s Milli, our one-eyed dog that runs with the big boys and is the scrappiest one of the pack. She’s an amazing dog that just showed up one day with her face slashed by someone.
How To Make Roselle Juice From Fresh Roselle Flowers
- Boil fresh or dried flowers for 15 minutes and you’re done.
- That’s it, recipe finished.
If that’s not the easiest recipe we’ll ever publish on our blog, then I don’t know what will be.
Even though that’s all it takes, let’s now break this Roselle juice recipe down further, starting from the tall Roselle plants in the garden, to the pitcher on my kitchen table…
If you have fresh Roselle flowers, you have the added benefit of being able to make a delicious jam with them. You can visit our Roselle Jam recipe here.
The proper term for the Roselle flower petals are “calyces.” The calyx and the epicalyx are you boil to make the tea.
The calyx and epicalyx “petals” on Roselle flowers[/caption]
When removing these calyces and epicalyces from the flower, you’re basically just removing the seed pod.
Removing The Seed Pods Is Important
This is an important step. You don’t want to boil with seed pod.
I am not sure what will happen if you do boil the seed pod outside because I’ve never tried it, I’m sure the lectins added do something, but I’m not sure. One thing you must be careful about are the Roselle plant seedpod miniscule thorns.
You’ll want to wear gloves while removing the seedpod. The seedpods have tiny hair-like spikes that hurt a lot when they stick into your fingers. And they’re hard to get out.
I haven’t found any specific Roselle plant deseeders, but you can likely make. The video below shows a man removing Roselle seed pods with a hollow metal tube like this one.
This can easily be created with material laying around the house, or maybe the hardware store will have a right sized metal tube which you can turn into a Roselle plant seedpod remover.
Step By Step Roselle Juice Recipe Directions
Let’s finally see how this Roselle Juice/Hibiscus tea is made from the fresh Roselle flowers.
While many online Hibiscus recipes say to steep these calyces in boiling water for like 5 minutes, we find the tea is deeper red and with a stronger taste (not too strong) at around 10 to 15 minutes’ time.
Step 1. De-Seed the Roselle flowers (remove pods)
Harvest the flowers then peel the petals (calyces) off.
You use the calyx part of the flower. Not the seed pod.
Once all Roselle flowers are de-seed podded, it’s time to clean them off with regular drinking water and get some water boiling in a pot.
Step 2. Wash flower then boil
We did a triple wash before starting the boil.
Once the flower is in the boiling water, add a pinch of salt. This helps balance out the natural bitterness.
Step 3. Add sweetener of choice (or don’t)
If you want you can add a sweetener of your towards the end of the boil.
After 10 minutes or so of boiling the Roselle calyces, you end up with a wonderful deep red tea.
Now you have yourself some delicious Roselle Juice!
And that’s all there is to this easy herbal tea recipe!
Making Hibiscus Tea From Dried Flowers?
If you don’t have fresh flowers, but instead have the dried Hibiscus (Roselle) flower, then you can still make a wonderful, healthy, deep red colored tea, but you can’t make the jam. The jam requires the fresh flowers from what I know.
It’s the same process with dried Hibiscus. Generally you want to use 1 or 2 tablespoons per cup of water. I prefer using 2 per cup.
With the dried Roselle flowers, you’ll want to use around 2 tablespoons of dried Roselle calyces per cup of water.
Print The Roselle Juice Recipe
Looking to print the Roselle Tea recipe?
Here’s the printable recipe PDF.
Roselle Tea Recipe
- 1 cup Roselle de-seeded
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 1 tbsp Organic brown sugar
We hope you enjoy the tea!
Roselle Juice Variations
Looking for a perfect addition to your brunch with or without alcohol?
Here are some other variations of Hibiscus Tea from the Food Network:
Related recipe from us:
- Rosella Jam Recipe: Basically the same as this recipe, but a few more steps added to make the jam.