One of the best things about our stay in Mexico has been the exposure to different produce and preparation techniques; it's even better when I find out that an ingredient is not necessarily specific to Mexico, so we will be able to continue enjoying it when we make it back to the States! (Thank you Amazon!)
Example: Flor de Jamaica. It appears as though these little crimson petals go by many names, such as Hibiscus Tea, or Roselle. In Mexico you can find it in giant open bins and it is astoundingly cheap even by Mercado standards. However, if you would rather go the...shall we say, more sanitary route...then you can purchase them by the bag in store or online.
Since this is my first recipe post, I am keeping it super simple. Shocker, I know. Literally all you need to do is bring a pot of water to a boil, remove the pot from the burner, throw in a small amount of the leaves, let steep for a few minutes, strain, and enjoy!
A little bit goes a LONG way, and the flavor is extremely saturated, even when using just a pinch or two! I have seen some people like to enjoy it with honey, but it's so flavorful and bursting with citrus already, that we just drink it plain. Believe me, it's not a mild tea; which satisfies the over-indulger in me more than sufficiently.
Maybe it's in stores in the USA and I just never realized it, but either way, Amazon has organic and affordable options here:
Cheers to new ways to keep that immune system rockin'!