Tasty Toast: Hibiscus Iced Tea

Yita S. Rivera

The edible Hibiscus Rose Mallow flower is easily grown at home. It is a small evergreen shrub that can prove everlasting with proper care.

Hibiscus originated in 12th century Asia. In 1960, it was selected as Malaysia’s national flower, symbolizing courage, life and growth.

The flower can be used for hair care, skin care and psychological well-being. Its health benefits range from weight management to reduction of blood sugar levels.

Hibiscus Tea

Start to finish: 15 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 lime
  • ¾ cup sugar (optional)


  1. Boil 2 cups water and add flowers. Squeeze lime juice into water and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Add ¾ cup of sugar (optional).
  2. Strain mixture into a pitcher and combine with 2 cups water. Fill to top with ice and serve.