postheadericon The Making and the Use of the Bissap

Bissap (hibiscus) is very healthy, many Africans! Many especially like the gravy very much!The flower of the hibiscus plant is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, protein, lipid and minerals. In Africa, bissap has been used for centuries to treat all kinds of health problems, such as high blood pressure, stress, bladder, kidney and liver problems. Not only the flowers, but also the leaves are used.

The Western world is also convinced of the healing power of the anti-oxidant hibiscus:

  • It lowers blood pressure, counteracts arteriosclerosis and lowers LDL cholestorol levels
  • Works blood-thinning and diuretic (stimulates urinary excretion) and disinfects the bladder and urinary tract
  • Stimulates fat metabolism

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In short: hibiscus prevents cardiovascular diseases, supports the immune system and helps to stay healthy. With that science, a glass of bissap tastes even better!

  • Recipe for bissap (2 liters)
  • Ingredients:
  • 200 gr hibiscus flowers (bissap)
  • 250 gr white (caster) sugar
  • 2 sachets of vanilla sugar
  • Squeezed nutmeg

Place the washed flowers in a pan with 2 liters of water, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes until the water has a nice deep pink / red color

  • Let the juice (or the tea) cool for 10 minutes and remove the flowers with a sieve
  • Add the sugar and vanilla sugar, mix well and taste if it is sweet enough, add honey if necessary
  • Pour the juice into a carafe and drink it warm as a tea, or
  • Pour the juice into PET bottles, put them in the refrigerator and serve the bissap cold as ice-tea

Add together with the vanilla powder in the pot. Switch off the stove, put on the lid and let the tea soak for 20 minutes. Sweeten and sweeten to taste. Serve ice cold. It is also mixed with other fruit juice. Commercial fruit juice is often overloaded. Bissap can further be flavored with vanilla (extract) and / or mint sprigs, with grated ginger or orange blossom water. Bissap gives the stuff a sour ‘kick’ again. Finally, there are people from the Caribbean: they add rum. Serve ice cold. It will be tasty.

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