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hibiscus flowers

ozbuc Jul 26, 2008 03:02 PM

The wife and I were at Beachwood BBQ last night where she had their hibiscus tea. Since I make my own iced tea from bulk tea I offered to attempt to duplicate the flavor. So I am looking for a place near Long Beach that have edible blossoms. Thanks in advance for any and all help.

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  1. DanaB RE: ozbuc Jul 26, 2008 03:14 PM

    They sell dried hibiscus flowers (you steep them to make teas or sweetened beverages) at most grocery stores that sell Mexican food products. It's called jamaica in Spanish. It will look like this:

    http://www.mexgrocer.com/9689.html

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      terim RE: ozbuc Jul 26, 2008 06:21 PM

      Vallarta Supermarkets sell dried jamaica.

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        terim RE: ozbuc Jul 26, 2008 06:23 PM

        Vallarta Supermarkets sell jamaica.

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          justagthing RE: ozbuc Jul 26, 2008 08:01 PM

          Just in case, there is a Superior on Long Beach Blvd. and a Top Value on Cherry and 10th. You should be able to find it at either places.

          1. Veggo RE: ozbuc Jul 26, 2008 08:53 PM

            If you can find it loose -stock in a latin market, it's 1/4 the price of the pre-packaged, and much fresher. Simple to steep, dilute, sweeten.

            1. Das Ubergeek RE: ozbuc Jul 27, 2008 07:26 AM

              Any Mexican market -- Long Beach has Superiors, I think, and maybe a Northgate Gonzalez or two. They're in bins, normally near the loose dried chilies. As DanaB said you'll have better luck asking for flores de jamaica ("FLOH-rayss day hah-MY-kah"). If you just ask for "jamaica" you'll get the already pre-sweetened tea from the aguas frescas bar.

              1. ozbuc RE: ozbuc Jul 27, 2008 06:40 PM

                thanks for all the help. Got the blossoms and made the tea.

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