Presented with dried hibiscus flowers from Mexico - how to prepare them? what to do?

sl(i)m
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  • July 9, 2012
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ButterSugarFlowers February 9, 2016
Here's a delicious new hibiscus cake recipe which would just require powdering the petals in batches in a blade coffee grinder until you have 2.5 oz (70 grams powder). http://buttersugarflowers.com/2016/01/31/buttermilk-hibiscus-cake/
 
ButterSugarFlowers February 9, 2016
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savorthis May 29, 2014
We used to make hibiscus lemonade by making a simple syrup as others have mentioned and mixing with lemon juice and water.
 
I like to brew dried hibiscus into a very strong tea, then use it for the syrup for Italian meringue. The hibiscus flavor is subtle but luscious, and you can use the meringue soft meringue as icing or pie topping, or you bake it into crisp little treats like this: http://buttersugarflowers.com/2013/04/09/hibiscus-pistachio-meringues/
 
Shuna L. May 28, 2014
We make a lot of cold brew Jamaica in our house. For a gallon of cold water I use a large handful of hibiscus flowers, and let the mixture steep on my counter overnight. Be judicious with heat when making syrups and the like - there are a lot of tannins that when released, can turn a delicious liquid into an inedible one. A little goes a long way. Hibiscus is the main ingredient of Red Zinger tea and is very high in Vitamin C. Enjoy!
 
Diana B. May 28, 2014
Jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah) is a classic Latin American drink made from hibiscus flowers: http://mexicanfood.about.com/od/bebidasdrinks/r/aguahibiscus.htm
 
em-i-lis July 10, 2012
lucky you!! you can make a rhubarb-hibiscus compote and enjoy it with ice cream, yogurt, plain or in a tart. i just made this crisp which was lovely: cherries, rhubarb, hibiscus! http://www.food52.com/recipes/17826_rhubarb_cherry_hibiscus_crumble
 
maryvelasquez July 9, 2012
You can make hibiscus simple syrup. Steep the dried flowers in 3/4 cup hot water, then add 3/4 cup sugar. Heat until sugar dissolves. Cool and strain. Try that in margaritas or in fruity ice pops.
 
Maedl July 9, 2012
Are they whole? I have seen whole dried hibiscus flowers plunged into prosecco. They unfold and look lexotic and lovely!
 
susan G. July 9, 2012
...and here are some recipes on the site. Cupcakes, granita, who knew? And punch too.
 
Donna May 27, 2014
Cupcake reciep
 
susan G. July 9, 2012
Steep them as tea, to drink hot or to chill as a base for beautiful rosy colored cold drinks.
 
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