Hibiscus - Rose of Sharon

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How do hibiscus flowers taste?

The dried hibiscus flowers have a slightly sour taste and are therefore often used to prepare refreshing teas. It is a trendy drink not only in Mexico and Egypt but also in Sudan. In Egypt, this tea is also well sweetened and known as Karkadeh. This tea is the perfect thirst quencher, enjoyed cold with a few ice cubes, on sweltering summer days. It also has a beautiful red color and a characteristic taste.

Recipe hibiscus flower tea

For a hibiscus flower tea, add 3-4 teaspoons of Rose of Sharon flowers in 1 liter of boiling water and let it steep for 5 - 10 minutes.

You can also flavor this tea with organic lemon and a piece of ginger. Add the juice of the lemon, the lemon peel, and a few slices of ginger to the hibiscus flowers before pouring boiling water over them.

Recipe: Karkadeh syrup


  • 600 gr raw cane sugar from Orlandosidee®
  • 1000 ml of water
  • 35 gr hibiscus flowers from Orlandosidee®
  • 1/2 organic lemon


Soak the hibiscus flowers in the water for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, sieve the liquid into a saucepan. Add the juice of half a lemon and the sugar and cook everything until the sugar has dissolved.

Now you can put everything in small bottles.

You can enjoy this delicious hibiscus flower syrup in sparkling wine or mineral water. It is also suitable as a sauce on vanilla ice cream.

Culinary recommendation

You can also finely grind the Rose of Sharon flowers in a small coffee grinder. They are, therefore, suitable for seasoning salads or fish. Did you know that you can also refine curry powder with you in Southeast Asia? Give it a try.

Botany: Hibiscus - Mallow - Malvaceae Family

The Hibiscus flowers, commonly called Karkadè in Italy, belong to the Malvaceae family, and in the world, there are about 300 different species. Rose of Sharon is a 1-year-old plant with red calyx shaped flowers. It has its origins in the tropics, where it also grows wild.

The Hibiscus Karkadè Flowers are flowers that love the sun and the heat very much. The flower grows luxuriantly in very bright positions. Especially if they are directly exposed to sunlight, and it becomes luxuriantly in scorching and long summers. It can survive even in adverse conditions. But the shade or poorly lit environments trigger sparse blooms, just as for irregular climatic reasons there is a very cold or rainy summer. These plants do not fear the cold weather, and they can easily endure intense frosts even of long duration. 

Hibiscus flowers in herbal medicine

Hibiscus flowers are said to have many healthy properties. These have not been proven, but have been transmitted for a long time. Rose of Sharon flowers increase well-being and strengthen the immune system due to its ingredients. These would include citric acid, pectins, vitamin C, malic acid, tartaric acid, hibiscus acid, anthocyanins, flavonoids, and phytosterols.

They are also said to lower blood pressure, have a laxative, and lower cholesterol. Pregnant women should ask their doctor in advance whether they can safely consume hibiscus during their pregnancy.


Place the Rose of Sharon flowers in a sealable container and store it in a cold, dry, and dark place, protected from the sun.

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