Today, we continue discussing some of the ingredients used in our teas. One of my personal favorites is our Imani blend which includes liberal amounts of hibiscus. More than just a lawn accent, this flower actually has a lot of health benefits.

Hisbiscus comes in many colors, but the most common (for medicinal uses) is the red variety. Culturally, it can be found all around the world and has been used for hundreds of years.

Of particular interest to me is the place hibiscus holds in African and African American cultures. Slaves used hibiscus or "sour" tea to treat such ailments as upset stomachs, high blood pressure, and skin inflammations. Additionally, red hibiscus tea is served at Juneteenth celebrations and is an important cultural and historical tradition.

So, what does it taste like? Well, it tastes great! It's fruity and a little tart and is an excellent complement for spicy and citrus-y blends. You might think you're tasting a berry in some of our blends, but it's most likely hibiscus. A versatile, beautiful, and delicious plant, the bright flavor will lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face. Happy drinking!

-Alyson