Did you know that Puerto Rico’s national flower is the flor de maga (Maga Grandiflora)? While it’s very closely related to the common hibiscus flower, the maga’s petals are larger and the flowers grow on large trees. It is endemic to the tropical climate of Puerto Rico and is grown as an ornamental plant with pink or red flowers.
The Maga flowers are cup-shaped, producing a saucer-sized flower. With so many drink references, it’s only natural one would get thirsty when thinking of these beautiful buds! Spring has finally sprung and Puerto Rico is already starting to feel the heat come on a little stronger. So what could be better than refreshing yourself with a nice cold, flower-y tea? Our chef Kathy Libier provides the recipe to do just that. Bottoms up!
Recipe by Chef Kathy Libier
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flower
- 1 cup green tea
- ¼ cup dried lemon peel
- ½ cup dried orange peel
- 3 vanilla beans
- Cut vanilla beans in small pieces
- Mix all ingredients together
- Save in an air tight container or bag
To enjoy the tea:
- Place 2 tablespoonsl of tea in a reusable tea bag or tea steeper, steep for 3-5 minutes
- Sweeten and enjoy!
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