The new to me hotness -> hibiscus tea and the best is supposed to come from the Sudan (wish I knew someone who could get us some).
Supposed benefits including weight loss, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, anti-cancer, anti-depressant, and pro-liver but not at high doses.
Every tea seller has hibiscus tea but seems a lot are in blend form w/ black tea or berries, e.g Imperial Red from Imperial Tea. They can’t seem to just sell and call it plain hibiscus tea, has to be some blend with some branded name. Luckily Berkeley Bowl has some just hibiscus tea.
I’m not going to link to bad Google results for Karkade recipes which is a sweet hibiscus drink (no links to an Egyptian or Sudanese website for a recipe? really?). It’s basically dried hibiscus, sugar, and water which is also agua de jamaica.
And I had no idea that jamaica was hibiscus. I didn’t know what it was, just thought jamaica tasted good. Who knew? Anyway, it was nice to get introduced to hibiscus tea and will probably need to drink up other teas/mix it up a bit before I go overboard and get sick of it. Hasn’t happened yet though.