The World of Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea is endeared by many tea lovers around the world. It is enjoyed by people from different cultures, religions, race, and nationalities. In this short post, I will share with you the different names of Hibiscus Tea around the world. Hibiscus flowers come in many colors.

They can be red, yellow, white, or peach-colored, and can be as big as 6 inches wide. The most popular variety is Hibiscus sabdariffa. The red flowers of this variety are most commonly cultivated for medical purposes, and are available as dietary supplements. This red, tart yummy goodness made out of Rosella is a priceless treat to enjoy especially when its chilled.

Hibiscus is everywhere

Hibiscus Tea is referred to as Karkade in Egypt. This is a refreshing drink that is thought to be popular with the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs. Karkade can be found in restaurants, coffee shops and on the streets as well.

Zobo is the name given to Hibiscus Tea in Nigeria. This is brewed with water, dried hibiscus flowers, ginger, sugar amd other spoices. Zobo is very refreshing and usually enjoyed chilled due to the warm weather in Nigeria.

Sobolo is how Hibiscus Tea is called in Ghana. Sobolo is naturally brewed with water, dried hibiscus flowers, pineapple , ginger, cloves and other spices. This healthy beverage can be found on every street in Ghana . It is made into popsicles or sold in coolers with ice to keep it cold. Typically, sobolo is consumed warm for the medicinal purposes. This is indeed a beverage to enjoy when in Ghana.

Nesis Hibiscus Refresca is inspired by our Ghanaian roots.

Bringing you the best Ghanaian recipe for hibiscus tea. You

get to taste and smell all the wholesome ingredients with no

colors and preservatives. This is great to drink by itself or for

your cocktails and mocktails.


Folera is Cameroon's iced Hibiscus Tea. This is ultimately enjoyed in the warm weather in Cameron to make you feel refreshed. Just like the lemonade stand, there is a folere stand in every part of Cameroon.

Aqua De Jamaica

Agua de Jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah) is one of Mexico’s most common agua frescas. Agua de Jamaica, which translates as “hibiscus water” is a typical agua fresca that accompanies the mid-day meal in Mexico . Most restaurants in Mexico serve Agua fresca alongside the day’s special.


Bissap is the Senegalese Hibiscus Tea , Women add bissap leaves to popular dishes such as ceebu jën and also brew the flowers into a sugary juice or tea. “When visiting any Senegalese household, you will most certainly be offered homemade bissap, one of the country’s most popular drinks,” as alluded to by Brooklyn-based, Dakar-born Pierre Thiam assures.

There is no doubt that Hibiscus Tea is present in so many countries and so many cultures because of its great taste and health benefits to everyone, including the young and old. Nothing beats a natural and beautiful flower that can be brewed for enjoyment. How do you call hibiscus tea, share it with us.


Recipe copyright © 2015 Pierre Thiam. Reprinted with permission from Senegal by Pierre Thiam with Jennifer Sit, published by Lake Isle Press, Inc., 2015

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