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Sunday, January 25, 2009

karkadeh Tea - karkadeh Tea Recipe

karkadeh Tea - karkadeh Tea Recipe
Karkadeh, carkade or karkady teay is served hot or chilled with ice. It is very popular in some parts of the Middle East, and especially in North Africa. Karkadeh Hibiscus tea is the infusion made from the calyces (sepals) of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower.

Serves 4 persons

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Karkadeh (Hibiscus) flowers
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
Preparation:
  1. Wash Karkadeh flowers well, then place in a pot with 4 cups of water over medium heat.
  2. Let boil for 5 minutes then let soak overnight.
  3. Strain the Karkadeh flowers and pour the juice in a glass pitcher. Add sugar.
  4. Stir well until all sugar dissolves.
  5. Let cool in the fridge and serve chilled.
karkadeh (Hibiscus Plant)

karkadeh (Hibiscus Dried flowers)

More about karkadeh (Hibiscus) ...

Hibiscus flower extract has been used in many folk remedies for liver disorders and high blood pressure. The constituents of the flowers contain gossypetin, anthocyanin, and glucoside hibiscin, which may have diuretic and choleretic effects, decreasing the viscosity of the blood, reducing blood pressure and stimulating intestinal peristalsis.

The dried flower contains hibiscic acid. Root contains saponins and tartaric acid. Aspartic acid is the most common amino acid. Dried fruits also contain vitamin C and Ca oxalate; dry petals contain flavonol glucoside hibiscitrin

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