Flush of Red
by Owens Acres
(Order here through Local Harvest.)
No, not apples. I was recently introduced to the hibiscus craze. I have to say, I was blown away. It’s a pretty flower, very tropical and exotic, but its taste is divine.
I like to browse the Local Harvest site from time to time, picking up some new remedies and herbal wonders. One of my favorite farms is Owens Acres. Laura Owens is a certified herbalist, creating everything from healing salves to lavender sachets to herbal tea. I ordered her Flush of Red tea and was amazed by the flavor.
The loose mixture of rose petals and lavender is very pleasant, but its the hibiscus that leaves you feeling surprised and satisfied. I had no idea a flower could release such fruity bursts of refreshing taste. I was so surprised, I double-checked the package, thinking there was cranberry or raspberry hidden within. Dried hibiscus infused in hot water has a natural cranberry/raspberry flavor that has just the right strength and infuses immediately upon steeping. The tea turns a deep red and you can smell the flavors blending in perfect harmony.
And, for those of you who get a little thrill from seeing whole flower heads in your loose leaf, you’ll be pleased to find the rosehips. The lavender buds, too, are irreplaceable, adding a soft and almost minty tone to the overall fruit-filled blast of flavor. (I wasn’t going to use the word blast because it reminds me of a Kool-Aid commercial, but there’s just no better way to describe the intense fruit flavor of the mysterious hibiscus flower.