An important plant used extensively throughout Mexico and the Carribean, Jamaica (pronounced ha-myka in Spanish), is a medicinal flower and beverage of the hibiscus family. It is believed to have been introduced to the Western Hemisphere in the 1700s by African slaves brought to Jamaica—hence the name. It is also know as Roselle and can be found in Mexican grocery stores everywhere in the US.
Roselle Tea/Agua de Jamaica Recipe
- Boil 1 quart of water and add a heaping handful of Jamaica calyces.
- Gently simmer for 10 minutes until richly red.
- Strain and add a little honey or stevia to taste.
Note: do not add sugar, as it counteracts the effects of the natural antioxidants. Jamaica makes a wonderful drink, hot or cold. Add a tablespoon of collagen powder when it is cold to make it a meal. To gain medicinal benefits, drink 1 to 2 glasses of Jamaica daily.