Yes, I know you might think I’m a bit crazy. And yes, hibiscus flowers are edible, and they taste amazing! So, next time you have this delicacy, save it to make hibiscus flower tacos.
And it is so easy to prepare; this could easily be a recipe without a recipe. This recipe is so easy that if I just told you the steps and no ingredient quantities, you could still prepare it, and it would taste G-R-E-A-T. What I guess I have to focus on is on telling you how amazing and how nutritious it is hibiscus.
What are the benefits of hibiscus?
In Mexico, we drink a lot of hibiscus tea. It is a very common and well known “agua fresca.” It is delicious, fresh and tart… and I’m madly in love with it. I love it! The best part is that it has tons of nutritional benefits for us. Even Dr. Greger talks about them in his book “How not to die.”
Hibiscus has tons of antioxidants and C vitamin, and it tastes great. Isn’t it like a dream come true?
It helps to protect us against cancer; it makes us look beautiful and young. It has so much vitamin C that it even helps our body fight a cold and a sore throat. It helps with menopause, acne, it is diuretic and has tons of more benefits.
That is why we drink it and eat it. Really you’ll be surprised how amazing it is.
How to eat hibiscus?
- You can eat it in corn tortilla tacos with sliced avocado or with guacamole and chips.
- You can eat it on top of brown rice or even hummus
- This is a type of salsa, so over the crispy potato tacos, it is a dream.
So here is the recipe for
hibiscus flower tacos
- 1 tablespoon neutral tasting oil
- ½ cup chopped white onion
- 2 cups hibiscus flowers after tea or agua fresca has been made with them
- 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper whole or chopped
- sal al gusto
For the tacos
- 12 corn tortillas
- 2 avocados or guacamole
- Prepare the hibiscus agua fresca or hibiscus tea as you are used to. Rinse and pat dry the flowers a bit an chop them roughly. In a pan put a tablespoon of neutral tasting oil and the chopped onion to sauté.
- When the onion is starting to brown add the chopped hibiscus flowers and the jalapeño or serrano pepper.
- Leave on the pan until the hibiscus flowers are dry and crunchy on the edges.
- To prepare the tacos add a slice of avocado or a tablespoon of guacamole to a corn tortilla and one or two tablespoons of hibiscus.