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Food Blog: Is Hibiscus the New Pomegranate?

Remember when the food and health press couldn’t stop talking about the healthful benefits of blueberries? That is when the word “antioxidant” hit the airwaves?

Blueberries still reign on their blue pedestal but in the last year or so the tower of power pomegranate has gathered speed and seems to be an antioxidant buzzword.

Blueberries are far more accessible than pomegranates and a heck of a lot easier to clean and eat.

But who knows if the hibiscus is the new antioxidant on the block?

Those foodie visionaries at Trader Joe’s seem to think that hibiscus are high in antioxidants and flavonoids and are beneficial to the heart as well as being a great source of vitamin C.  

Zivaz, a zestful Mexican restaurant started making hibiscus margaritas a few years ago. Not only are they fun to drink but come to the table in a swirl of magical magenta not unlike the vibrant prickly pear fruit.

But I digress…Trader Joe’s sells hibiscus flowers and has a few recipes like a refreshing hibiscus tea and tropical hibiscus kebab to excite your sense of tasty exotica.

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