Sudanese rose. Useful properties of the carcade
There are many variations of the names of the red drink, but to call it tea is fundamentally wrong. Hibiscus is prepared from the flowers of an annual plant of the family Malvaceae, which has nothing to do with tea. In addition to a large number of useful properties.
Karkade - what is it?
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is the birthplace of India, but it is grown mainly in African countries, in China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and even in Mexico. The hot tropical sun provides lush growth of plants reaching 3.5 meters in height. Large maroon flowers with a diameter of 5-6 centimeters in dried form are of great value.
Sudan rose - this is how the drink was named in the country of the same name due to its great popularity. And Egypt calls karkade drink of the pharaohs. In ancient times, people attributed to the drink the possibility of giving vitality and even immortality.
Malaysians call it the Bunga of Paradise. This flower has even become national.His image flaunts on the emblem of the country, because Muslims are sure that the 5 petals of the flower symbolize the commandments of Islam.
When the petals fade, the cups remain, which are beginning to actively pick up the juice and increase in size. These cups and collect, and then dried. The result is a tonic drink, which is commonly called tea. The taste and color of the hibiscus differs; it depends on the place where the plant grows. Egyptian drink will be cherry-colored and sour in taste. In the Mexican carcade, the color is orange, and the taste is salty. The drink from Thailand will be purple and sweet.
The plant is used not only for the preparation of a tonic drink. Also, people have found application for leaves, seeds and even hibiscus petals. They are used in cosmetology and cooking. And the stems and even the roots of the plant go to the dyeing of tissues.
Dried petals contain large amounts of tartaric, citric, and malic organic acids. They are the cause of the bitter taste of the drink. It also contains a huge amount of vitamin C.
For centuries people have been arguing about the influence of a drink on human pressure.There is an opinion that a hot carcade can raise pressure, but a cold one, on the contrary, can lower it. But in fact, the body is designed in such a way that in the stomach everything becomes one temperature.
The drink is guaranteed to have a laxative effect, especially if you drink it in large quantities. He also has a powerful tonic effect. During the cold season it will be useful to drink this invigorating and at the same time refreshing drink.
The drink can be brewed not only with boiling water. A cold brewing has many advantages, as with this method of preparation all the vitamins are saved. A spoon of tea leaves is poured with one and a half liters of water. All this is infused for five hours, after which you can drink karkade. When using boiling water, you can drink the drink after five minutes.
Useful properties of the carcade
Petals of Sudanese roses are dried, and then brewed as usual tea. Brewing can be both hot and cold. In any case, the body receives a large amount of nutrients. So how is Sudan rose hibiscus tea useful?
- Vitamin P and anthocyanins contained in it help to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, normalize blood circulation and stimulate hemoglobin synthesis.
- Sudanese rose contains polysaccharides, including pectin, and therefore, helps to eliminate the salts of heavy metals and toxins from the body, cleanse the human digestive system.
- Contains natural antioxidants, including a lot of vitamin C.
- There are also flavonoids in the drink, which remove toxins from the body, normalize metabolism, have anthelmintic and antibacterial properties.
- Trace elements such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and sodium, are also in the carcade. They are necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous, digestive and cardiovascular systems.
- Sudan rose contains 13 amino acids, and half of them are extremely important for the proper functioning of the whole organism.
Also in karkada there are a lot of organic acids and carbohydrates. They are responsible for the pleasant taste of the drink. Everything else, counting calories can safely enjoy such a drink as a Sudanese rose. Hibiscus contains only 0.9 kcal per 100 ml.
Likely side effects
Everything is good in moderation, including the Sudanese rose. Tea from it can be drunk in a volume of not more than 500 ml per day in order to avoid getting dysbiosis.A large number of antibacterial substances and acids ruins the intestinal microflora.
Destroys the drink and tooth enamel, therefore it is recommended to use hibiscus through a straw. After it is advisable to rinse your mouth with water.
You can not drink this drink to those who suffer from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, as it irritates the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines. Contraindicated karkade and people with urolithiasis.
When you first drink a drink, it is advisable to monitor the state of the body, since allergic reactions are likely. For the same reason, Sudanese rose is contraindicated for small children.
Carcade in cooking and cosmetology
Sudan rose is used not only as a drink. The leaves of this plant are put in all kinds of vegetable salads. They go to meat and even fish dishes. Plant seeds are added to thick soups.
Housewives even boil delicious karkade petals. Take 100 grams of leaves and boil them for 5 minutes in 2 liters of water. If a foam has formed, it must be removed. Then all the leaves need to pull out, and cool the resulting infusion.
In the finished infusion is added 0.5 kg of sugar, a spoonful of gelatin and 2 sachets of gelatin. All this is brought to a boil with constant stirring. Still hot jam should be poured into jars.When cooled, it will thicken.
And if the tea is frozen in the form of ice cubes, they can be used for cosmetic purposes. They perfectly refresh the skin of the face. For oily skin, it is recommended to add white wine to frozen tea, just a few drops.
From karkade it turns out excellent peeling. To do this, pour a tablespoon of coffee with strong tea from Sudanese rose. Then the main thing is not to forget all that is good to wash off the body.
So, how useful is Hibiscus tea made from Sudanese rose. It normalizes pressure, clears the gastrointestinal tract, lowers cholesterol, increases hemoglobin, fights infections, has anthelmintic effect. In addition, the habit of drinking hibiscus will help normalize sleep and improve the functioning of the nervous system. Sudanese rose has a tonic and tonic effect.