Hibiscus, orange peel, rooibos, black currant, mango and orange natural flavor.
No. 42: Flip side of our No. 24 Big Hibiscus
Bring spring or freshly drawn filtered water to a boil (212°F) and pour 2 cups over sachet.
Steep 5 minutes, discard sachet and top off to one quart with filtered water.
Stir briskly and serve over ice.
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- Select an Ingredient:
- Hibiscus Flowers
- orange peel
Hibiscus flower is cultivated in many coutries around the world including China, Thailand and Egypt. We particularly like the Egyptian variety–it is brighter, fruitier and more exciting. High in vitamin C, hibiscus is tart, deep red, and slightly earthy with concord grape-like characteristics.
Egypt is one of the few countries with borders that stretch into two continents and is considered to be home to one of the three oldest civilizations. The Nile is the primary source of water for Egypt and much of the country's agriculture is situated near its banks. Hibiscus is harvested in the Fall.
Dried orange peel is a by-product of the most commonly grown fruit in the world. It has long been coveted in cooking and natural medicine for its bright flavor and health properties. When used in a tea application, dried orange peel adds body and subtle citrus notes that often bring balance to blends.
Turkey has a unique geographic location straddling Southwestern Asia and Southeastern Europe with deep cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. It has long been a bridge between the Europe and Asia, making it a country of diverse cultures, beautiful natural landscape, devout tea drinkers and the most beautiful rugs in the world. Turkey happens to have the highest consumption of tea per capita. Rich in natural vegetation, historians date agriculturalism back to Turkey around 11,000 BC. Turkey is one of the world’s top fruit producers. Its regional differences in climate and soil type provide an optimum environment for fruit cultivation especially fruits such as pears, oranges and grapes.
South African Botanical
Rooibos, also known as red bush, is perhaps the most tea-like and naturally caffeine-free beverage in the world. During the 20th Century, red bush went from being a mostly indigenous drink of South Africa to a global commodity and a cash crop for the Clanwilliam district. Rooibos is also known to be high in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Similar to tea, rooibos generally undergoes an oxidation process after the leaves are cut, when it develops a uniquely sweet and creamy flavor, without the astringency of black tea. It is a common alternative to coffee or tea because it also stands up well to milk and sugar and can be served in various forms quite easily (hot, iced, lattes, etc.). Rooibos can also be steamed after being picked to stop the oxidation process, which will keep it as green rooibos, a more vegetal and floral flavor than the more common red rooibos.
Clanwilliam is a small farming town of 7,000 nestled between the Cederburg Mountains and the Olifants River in Western Cape, South Africa and is ground zero for the world's supply of Rooibos and lead vocalists for Skid Row. Rooibos is harvested from January through April.