Back in February, we were given a huge bag of Rosella to make some Rosella jam with. That never happened. The bag sat on the kitchen bench and was becoming an eye sore.
So one day, while I was cooking dinner. I thought I try making some Rosella Tea.
I have had the hibiscus and rose-hip teas in the tea bags, and i really liked those cold with some ice or with a cold lemonade soft drink. But I had never had Rosella ( I now know that Rosella is a type of hibiscus but I didn’t know at the time).
So I stood at the kitchen bench, while keeping an eye on the steak, peeling the calyxes from the seed pod. I was only just do enough for 1 tea, but ended up doing the whole bag. So it took me a good couple of hours to do in between cooking dinner, eating dinner and cleaning up after dinner.
I didn’t have enough trays to dry the whole lot so I filled one tray with the Rosella and zip-locked bagged the rest and put them in the freezer for when I had time to dry them.
I don’t own a dehydrator. But I prefer to do it the natural way. I placed them on a baking tray with baking paper on it and I let it sit on my craft desk for about a week. Once completely dried I store them in a clean glass jar (mine was an empty but clean and sterilized moccona jar).
Today I finally felt like a Rosella Tea. I looked at a few recipes. It was pretty simple. Rosella, sugar and water and bring to the boil. But I didn’t want to boil the whole batch. I wanted to enough for one cup maybe 2 cups.
I just grabbed the few ingredients I needed and made a tea. And I made enough to 2 cups.
I did have to wait for it to be cooled after I strained it before I could pour myself a glass.
While I wait, here is my recipe:
My simple Rosella tea for 2.
1 1/2 cups of dried rosellas
1/4 cup of sugar ( I added an extra 2 teapsoons of sugar get it to my liking)
2 cups of water
Add all ingredients into a pot and boil on a medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stir occasionally.
Strain the contents into a jug and let cool.
Pour into glasses. Add ice or lemonade. Or extra sugar if needed
Here we go, my Rosella tea.
I ended up adding some ice to this to make it more cooler. I love it and I think I’ll be making more of this.
I am off to dry some more Rosellas!