Hibiscus Tea (Agua de Jamaica)

Agua de Jamaica Hibiscus tea Growing up there was a drink that I absolutely loved, Agua de Jamaica. A fascia colored, tangy yet thirst quenching iced tea. Agua de Jamaica is a popular Hibiscus tea is a drink in Latin America, being one of several common aguas frescas. It's one of the most popular aguas frescas in Mexico and can often be found along side with Horchata and Agua de Tamarindo. Agua de Flor de Jamaica is usually prepared by steeping the calyces, along with ginger (in Jamaica), in boiling water, straining the mixture, pressing the calyces (to squeeze all the juice out), adding sugar, sometimes clove, cinnamon and a little rum (in Jamaica), and stirring.

As an adult, I love the health benefits of this simple drink. Hibiscus tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine. Hibiscus tea contains 15-30% organic acids, including citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidin and delphinidin, that give it its characteristic deep red color.

Agua de Jamaica Hibiscus tea

What You'll Need

1 cup dried jamaica flowers (Hibiscus Flowers 4 quarts water (about 16 cups) 1/2 cup stevia Lemon wedges for garnish Blackberries for garnish Ice cubes

I use stevia instead of sugar and agave nectar. Why you might ask? Stevia is perhaps unique among food ingredients because it's most valued for what it doesn't do. It doesn't add calories. Unlike other sugar substitutes, stevia is derived from a plant, making it a natural sweetener. You can buy it online, Whole Foods, or a natural health foods store. You can also find Hibiscus flowers at these locations, as well as, at Latin markets.

Agua de Jamaica Hibiscus tea

The flower of Jamaica (Hibiscus sabdariffa) produces an infusion, to sweeten and cool, gives us a fresh tasty and a beautiful fascia ruby-colored water. In Mexico it is customary to take it with meals or at any other time thirst quencher.

Agua de Jamaica Hibiscus tea

This recipe is so simple. You'll want to place in a pot with two liters of water. Heat it until it reaches a boil. Turn off the stove and cover the pan. Let stand several hours (2-3 hours) or overnight. The water will turn into a deep fascia ruby-red. Strain the water to remove the flowers, and add stevia, stirring with a large spoon until dissolved. Test the water and add more sugar or more water, if necessary. Serve over ice, adding drops of lemon, if desired. I added lemon wedges and blackberries for garnish...it made my cups look pretty!

Agua de Jamaica Hibiscus tea

What To Love

Jamaican is high in Vitamins and Minerals with powerful antioxidant properties. It helps lower elevated blood pressure, bad cholesterol and detoxify the entire body.

Antioxidant levels in Agua de Jamaica are higher than vegetable juice, tomato juice and orange juice; and compares to Cranberry Juice and Pomegranate Juice with more antioxidant levels than these juices.

The antioxidant properties in Jamaica juice helps provide our bodies with protection against free radicals, molecules which cause heart disease, stroke, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, premature aging and cancer. Jamaica juice also helps flush the prostate, the liver, kidney and bladder.

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Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

shrimp-tacos-with-mango-slsaThe sun has been shining, and the temperature has been rising. It looks like this year we only had a couple of weeks of winter in California. This week it's been in the low to mid 70's here in San Francisco. Even the evenings have been mild. This weather is getting me in the mood for summer. To get in the spirit of the warm climate, I decided to make Tacos de Camarones con Salsa de Mango (Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa). These have been one of my favorite types of tacos for many many years. The sweet, yet savory and spicy mango salsa balance out the shrimp. Simple and fresh, these warm weather tacos are ideal for serving at parties, picnics or a perfect Sunday dinner.

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What You'll Need

1lb shrimps 1 mango peeled, pitted, and diced 1/2 purple onion, minced 2-3 jalapeño, seeded and minced 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 3 limes, juiced kosher salt, to taste pepper, to taste 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled 2 garlic cloves 18 tortillas (I used the mini tortillas) Optional: Cotija Cheese Garnish: Cilantro leaves and 1 radish, sliced thinly

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In a bowl, I combined the diced mango, purple onion, jalapeños, cilanto, lime juice of two limes, and salt together. I set this aside while I prepared the rest of my ingredients.

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Next, in a separate bowl I prepared the guacamole that will go on first onto the taco. This guacamole is very simple to make. Add in the finely chopped garlic, salt, lime juice of one lime, and avacados. Using a fork, smoothly mash the ingredients together. Your finished product should be smooth with some clumps.

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With the shrimp, I lightly seasoned the shrimp with salt and pepper.

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After my shrimp were seasoned with salt and pepper, I heated a large saute pan with oil over a high heat. One heater, I immediately added my shrimp and sauteed for 1 minute on each side, until the shrimps began to turn red. The shrimp should have a nice brown crust, tender and not over cooked.

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Now that all of my ingredients are ready and mixed, the fun begins. Combine the cooked shrimp with the mango salsa.

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Once all the shrimp are pan seared, I placed a skillet over medium heat. Working in batches as necessary, warm both sides of the tortillas in the skillet. Top the tortillas with a dollop of guacamole and some shrimp and mango salad and garnish with cilantro leaves, radish slices and cotija cheese (optional). I served three per plate.

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What To Love

  • What I love about this recipe is that it is going back to my roots of Mexican cooking utilizing fresh ingredients, the principal involved in real Mexican cooking. Fresh is important because the freshness gives Mexican food its vitality and interest.
  • Shrimp is a good source of selenium and protein. One serving of shrimp contains 6g or protein!
  • Avocados are also considered as one of the healthiest foods in the planet because they contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium. Avocados also contain fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which may protect against various disease and illness.
  • Mangos contain antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat present in mango protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1lb shrimps
  • 1 mango peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1/2 purple onion, minced
  • 2-3 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 12 tortillas
  • Optional: Cotija Cheese
  • Garnish: Cilantro leaves and 1 radish, sliced thinly
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, I combined the diced mango, purple onion, jalapeños, cilanto, lime juice of two limes, and salt together. I set this aside while I prepared the rest of my ingredients.
  2. Lightly seasoned the shrimp with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large saute pan with oil over a high heat. One heater, I immediately added my shrimp and sauteed for 1 minute on each side, until the shrimps began to turn red. The shrimp should have a nice brown crust, tender and not over cooked.
  4. Next, mash the avocados together with the remaining lime juice and salt to taste in another bowl.
  5. Top the tortilla chips with a dollop of mashed avocado and some chicken salad and serve.