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Any uses for hibiscus flowers besides tea?

coll Oct 5, 2012 07:23 AM

Stopped in the local South American supermarket and on an impulse, bought a giant bag of dried hibiscus flowers for under a dollar. Now I'm not sure what they would be appropriate for? Or will I just be making gallons of tea?

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    shallots Oct 5, 2012 03:50 PM

    Pati Jinich gives four recipes including spinach with a hibiscus vinagrette, steak tacos with a hibicus and japeno syrup, hibiscus popsicles,and hibiscus water. (She uses the word Jamaica for what we call hibiscus)


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    1. re: shallots
      L.Nightshade Oct 5, 2012 04:14 PM

      Wow, what a great link shallots! Thanks for posting that.
      I forgot about popsicles. I made jamaica paletas last summer. Very refreshing!

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        coll Oct 5, 2012 05:50 PM

        Thank you so much! Now I'm sorry I didn't get more.....

      2. L.Nightshade Oct 5, 2012 02:09 PM

        This is really a use of the tea, but I've been brewing the flowers, chilling the tea, and making a drink with hibiscus tea, tequilla, lime juice, sugar to taste, and a few shots of cholula hot sauce. Delicious with a kick.

        I'm considering trying this recipe for the Home Cooking Dish of the Month: Hibiscus flower enchiladas. Haven't tried it yet though.

        1. Cherylptw Oct 5, 2012 12:50 PM

          Jelly/Jam (serve over a block of cream cheese with a good grind of pepper with some crackers or crostini)


          You could make a granita or sorbet without an ice cream maker

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          1. re: Cherylptw
            coll Oct 5, 2012 01:31 PM

            Ah this has been the summer of learning to make jam for me, this is the best idea yet (although I'd probably also have a hibiscus cocktail while putting it up!)

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              Cherylptw Oct 5, 2012 01:40 PM

              Now that I think of it, this "jam" would be good over a savory cheesecake served the same way (with crackers, etc) and why stop there, why not fill crepes with it and maybe a bit of marscapone or a sprinkling of cojita cheese and a dusting of powdered sugar to garnish. Or spread some hot biscuits with it and sandwich a piece of country ham. Perhaps even make a shortcake with it of biscuits, mascerated berries and hibiscus jam/jelly. Take that a step further and make a trifle of sponge cake, hibiscus pudding or pastry cream and some fresh fruit.

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            Zalbar Oct 5, 2012 08:43 AM

            ice cream

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            1. re: Zalbar
              coll Oct 5, 2012 09:15 AM

              Unfortunately I got rid of my ice cream maker when I moved. But there must be some other desserts that would benefit from it?

            2. coll Oct 5, 2012 07:26 AM

              Oh and I just found this, may be more up my alley!


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              1. re: coll
                rexster314 Oct 5, 2012 08:44 AM

                This is using the hibiscus flowers from Austrailia. They come in a jar with sugar syrup and are edible
                1 tsp lemon juice
                1 1/2 jigger passionfruit vodka
                1-2 tsp hibiscus flower syrup
                Shake together with ice like a martini
                Pour into a martini glass
                Drop a hibiscus flower in the drink
                Drink the drink, eat the flower

                1. re: rexster314
                  coll Oct 5, 2012 09:12 AM

                  I wonder if i could just infuse some vodka with these, and serve with passionfruit juice? Jamaican martini!

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