Karkanji-Hibiscus Tea - Africa

Total Time
25mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
15 mins

This refreshing drink can be made entirely from plants grown in Chad(and they are readily available in the rest of the world too). With the heat as strong as it is here, karkanji satisfies thirst at little cost. This is also used as a product of many a home-based business, and sold at the edge of a school, business or sporting event by the glassful. Some say it is good for colds, runny noses and flu symptoms.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • water (1/2-1 gallon)
  • 1 12 cups whole hibiscus fresh edible flowers (available at most health food stores in Western countries)
  • 1 12-2 12 cups sugar
  • 12 cup gingerroot (or 18-1/4 cup cinnamon mixed with 1/4 cup cloves)
  • sugar or honey, to taste

Directions

  1. Add 1/2 to 1 gallon water to a saucepan.
  2. Drop hibiscus flowers on top of the water until the surface is mostly covered with flowers. Add ginger root or cinnamon and cloves, if desired.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once you have a running boil, turn down heat to a simmer, cover and cook at a low simmer for ten minutes.
  5. Add the sugar or honey according to taste, mix well, then let simmer for five more minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, and let cool for at least one hour.
  7. Add ice, and serve.
  8. May also be served hot, soon after the sugar is added.