Roselle drink “Nam Kra-Jieb” is one of Thailand's most famous herbal drinks. The drink is made of fresh or dried Roselle fruit (flowering plants).
Roselle fruit turns bright red when it matures. The Roselle called in Thai “Kra-Jieb or Kra-Jieb Deang”. Sometime it is known as Rosella or Rosella fruit. Roselle fruit can be used for various purposes; beverage, food production and medicine.
In Thailand, Roselle is popular for making drink. Without adding sugar, it tastes slightly sour, depending on concentration. When adding some ice or serve chilled, it is naturally sour and quite refreshing!
Roselle fruit contains high vitamin C and antihypertensives, which is commonly used to treat high blood pressure. In Thailand, drinking Roselle is believed to reduce cholesterol.
Roselle can be drunk as hot tea or served with crushed ice. Brown sugar or syrup can be added if you prefer to sweeten the recipe. Dried Roselle has a long shelf life and is easy to store in a sealed bag. Simply boil the whole Roselle fruit or only the red petals (leaves) and add to boiling water. You can make excess and refrigerate up to a few days.
Another popular method is to drop a few dried fruits or leaves in your cup of tea filled with hot water. The color is vibrant and the taste is unique, refreshing and popular with both children and adults alike!
Preparation: 20 minutes
Dried Roselle a handful
Drinking water 5 cups
Brown sugar 2 tbsp (optional)
Let's get started!
How to make:
- Bring water to boil, and then add the Roselle fruit.
- Continue simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Discard the Roselle fruit. Add sugar in a decoction drink if needed. Stir until dissolved.
- Serve hot as tea or cold with crush ice.
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