Cooking recipes with hibiscus flower

Do not boil the hibiscus to prepare hibiscus water, as this diminishes its properties. You can keep this concentrate in the refrigerator for several days and use it as needed.

Cooking recipes with hibiscus flower
Hibiscus flower. Photo by AK Marwah / Unsplash

Contrary to what is said in other pages, it is recommended not to boil the hibiscus to prepare hibiscus water, as this diminishes its properties. This concentrate can be kept in the refrigerator for several days and used as needed. This information is not presented as a substitute for a medical consultation nor is medical advice offered on this site.

Recipe: How to prepare hibiscus water properly


1 cup hibiscus flower
4 cups of water
Ice and sugar to taste

Preparation of the hibiscus flower concentrate:

Rinse the hibiscus perfectly. Boil 4 cups of water. When the water boils, remove from heat, add the cleaned hibiscus and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the water and add sugar or unrefined cane sugar. To serve, add cold water or ice to taste.

Recipe: Hibiscus flower tortillas in chipotle sauce

Ingredients (4 servings):

8 cups of water
250 grams of hibiscus flower
1 whole garlic clove
1 chopped garlic clove
1/2 onion in pieces
1/2 onion chopped
Chicken consommé to taste
4 eggs
2 sprigs of chopped epazote

Chipotle sauce:

1/2 kilo of cooked tomato
1 piece of onion
1 clove of garlic
2 dried chipotle chiles


Boil the hibiscus flower for 10 minutes in water, with 1 clove of garlic and the onion piece. Drain and set aside. Fry the chopped garlic and epazote in oil and add the hibiscus flower. Season with the bouillon powder and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool and set aside. Beat the eggs to coat and add the hibiscus flower, mixing in an enveloping way. Take portions of the mixture and brown in oil, removing excess fat.


Fry the chipotle chiles in oil; grind with tomato, onion, garlic, and salt. Fry the mixture with a little oil until it boils and add the hibiscus tortillas. Cook over low heat until it comes to a boil.

Source: Austreberta Luján. (2009). Recetas de cocina con flor de jamaica (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.). Revista Vinculando.

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