Carcade Tea

Carcade TeaCarcade tea is made from the flowers of a tropical plant. This showy shrub belongs to the mallow family and it is called Hibiscus sabdariffa.

This plant is very close to the Shoe Black Plant, or the Rose of China. It produces large 4 inch diameter flowers that have deep red petals with a purple centre.

Carcade flowers are known for their strong smell, and the shrub has reddish hued leaves, branches and flower cup.

Why You Need to Drink Carcade Tea Regularly

Flower cups are used for brewing this deep red tea with a refreshing, slightly bitter taste. You can easily quench your thistle with this healing drink. Drinking carcade tea regularly helps avoiding the risk of vitamin deficiencies and related adverse effects. Vitamins and microelements contained in the tea vitalize our energy, improve tonicity and strengthen the immune system. It is a great drink for winter time when we lack vitamins and often suffer from cold or other virus infections.

Why Carcade Tea Has Sour Taste

Flower petals become juicy, fleshy and deep red in color as they wither. Carcade flowers are used not only for tea but also for jellies, sauces, compotes and even marinades. Carcade tea is a source of various organic acids such as apple, tartaric and lemon acids. That’s what gives this drink its nice slightly sour taste.

Health Benefits of Carcade Tea

  • Anthocyans – the matter that accounts for carcade red color – help strengthen the wall of blood vessels and regulate its penetration.
  • Many diseases are caused by fatty deposits in blood vessels that result in thick walls and poor blood flow. The major remedy against cholesterol deposits is gamma-linolenic acid because it can dissolve fat cells.
  • Carcade tea is a rich natural source of gamma-linolenic acid, so it helps prevent blood vessel problems as well as effectively reduce high cholesterol level.
  • Carcade tea has stress-releasing and relaxing effects due to vitamins and essential amino acids contained in the drink.
  • It helps restore male sexual potency and fight female frigidity.
  • Carcade promotes brain metabolism.
  • Carcade tea is a great remedy for chronic fatigue.

Drinking the Best Carcade Tea

Carcade tea may greatly differ in taste and useful properties. Choose only whole petals of the carcade flower because they would have all useful properties. Generally, tea powder and tea bags are of poor quality. You can drink carcade tea cold or hot. For both drinks, brewing procedure is very important. It is recommended to brew carcade tea for 5-10 minutes. The tea should have vinous color and slightly bitter taste. If carcade is brewed for too long, it may become a little too bitter and sour. But harsh taste is not the major problem. The thing is that long exposure to hot water destroys many useful substances in this tea. For example, hot temperatures essentially reduce the vitamin C content. By the way, carcade is twice as rich in vitamin C than oranges. It is better to brew carcade with warm water to save all vitamins and microelements. Of course, brewing will take more time, about an hour. Dietitians also state that cold carcade tea is healthier.

  • please i wanna know where can i avail this tea..thanks

  • anyway,i’m from the philippines

  • wilmar

    hi maricar, i have a friend who said it’s available in Libya. He teaches there and is taking the said tea as a kind of supplement for his hypertension. It’s really effective according to him.

  • wilmar

    i forgot to say i’m from the Philippines too.

  • I initially tried out hibiscus tea at a health club in egypt and admired the taste. Once I found about medical benefits, I was extremely stimulated to purchase some. Couldn’t find it in any way in any local suppliers but ordered over the internet. I’ve been sipping about three or more cups daily (cold) for around 30 days currently and also most recent blood pressure reading was the most impressive it’s been in Several years! I highly recommend.

  • Joe

    What site over the internet you used to order.

  • Mara

    In Mexico, we have the same drink/tea. We call it “jamaica”, and is very popular in Mexico as a diuretic. We drink it as it were lemonade. You can find this flowers at mexican stores. Just ask for “Flor de jamaica” (Hibiscus flowers). I wonder if this drink came from our arab influence, since we were a Spanish colony, which at the same time was dominated by the arabs many years ago. I love this mix of cultures! 🙂

  • Eunice

    Im purchasing my carcade tea here in UAE, and everytime carcade seeds are in it, so i collected them and let my sister bring home the seeds to plant in the Philippines last week.I wonder if these seeds can grow and strive there. As our own Gumamela(also a hibiscus type flower)is growing in my hometown Cagayan Valley .According to my boss the best carcade is in the northern parts of Egypt.