10 Hibiscus Recipes That Look AND Taste Beautiful
Oh, hi! Hibiscus flowers are among the prettiest good-for-you ingredients around. They bloom in sunny spots around the globe, add cranberry-like flavor, vivid color, and an antioxidant kick to all kinds of recipes. Look online or at a Mexican market for hibiscus flowers that have been grown, dried, and packaged for culinary use. They might also be labeled flor de Jamaica. Here are 10 gorgeous ways to use hibiscus flowers in recipes.
"Hibiscus-infused sugar is a treat for your drink recipes or even in baking. It is simple and beautiful, too." —Buckwheat Queen
"I'm a big fan of sangrias and was experimenting with edible flowers. The tangy flavor of hibiscus blends very well with the sweet wine and fruit flavors in this drink! I love to eat the fruit in sangria, so the fruit to liquid ratio in this recipe is high. Feel free to reduce the fruit if you'd prefer!" —chikalin
Tacos de Jamaica (Vegan Hibiscus Tacos)
"These delicious Mexican vegan tacos (tacos de jamaica) are made with hibiscus flowers and are garnished with pineapple, onion, cilantro, and salsa verde with —Chef Gaby Cervello
Lavender Lemonade with Hibiscus
"This recipe was modified from that which I tried at a local restaurant. It was too bitter when I tried it there, so slight modifications were necessary. Hope you all enjoy this recipe." —BobbieLynn
Sparkling Hibiscus Cooler
"This hibiscus cooler is a super refreshing drink on a hot summer day." —CJ
Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Mint-Dill Vinaigrette
"This is a beautiful salad to eat and in presentation. The flavors just burst in your mouth. Hibiscus salt gives it a tangy dimension that is unbeatable." —Buckwheat Queen
Hibiscus Mint Tea
"Hibiscus is a beautiful flower that does so much for our health and it tastes great! This tea is a phenomenal summer tea and is excellent served iced. It's also good to have warm before bed. This tea is great no matter how it's served, so sit back and enjoy this easy-to-make herbal tea!" —Brealyn Hamilton
Hearty Tarty Hibiscus Granita
"Tart and tangy with a hint of sweetness, this granita is perfect after a meal or even as a refresher in the afternoon. I made up this recipe when trying to find ways to introduce hibiscus flowers to our diets." —Buckwehat Queen
"I adapted this from a Real Simple magazine recipe and I think it's just great!" —Twinmadre99
Ruby Rum Buck
"Bucks refer to drinks that combine lime and ginger beer, so a Dark and Stormy with lime is an example of a buck," says recipe creator Matt Wencl. "In this version, I introduced aromatic bitters and homemade hibiscus syrup for extra flavor and a blush of color. Add your choice of garnish, such as a lime twist or a fresh hibiscus flower. Serve with a straw."
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Portions of this article originally appeared in the February/March 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.