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Taste Test: Dried Sweetened Hibiscus Flowers

I like to keep my pantry stocked full of things — olive tapenade, cheese, crackers, and dried fruits — for an impromptu party. The other day I noticed it was sparse, so I headed off to Trader Joe's. While there, I found these dried sweetened hibiscus flowers and decided to take home a package.

I've had hibiscus cooler, but I had never actually eaten dried hibiscus flowers. Although I was a bit weirded out — the petals shriveled up into long fingerlike prongs — I was curious to try them. Surprisingly, and I'm sure this has to do with the fact that they're sweetened, they were delicious! With a sweet yet tart flavor, they're like a chewier version of dried cranberries.

Great for snacking, they would also be an excellent addition to salads or baked goods. I stirred some into a pitcher of sparkling lemonade, and it made for a super BBQ hit. Folks were intrigued by the look, the flavor melded with the lemonade well, and the flowers tinted the liquid a pretty color.

What do you think? Is this something you would try?

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Kathy3054309 Kathy3054309 5 years
Our Trader Joe's no longer sells Hibiscus!  Can someone tell me how far I have to go to get them again?!?
jessfish25 jessfish25 7 years
Just tried a couple today! They were great. Tasted just like chewier dried cranberries like you said.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
thanks, they look really interesting. i'll head over to tj's soon ^^
frogandprince frogandprince 9 years
I think the lemonade mix sounds interesting and worth trying, but on their own, they look a bit too freaky to munch on. When I looked at the picture really quickly, I thought it was a dried chicken's claw or something...
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
They sound interesting, I'll look for them the next time I'm at TJ's.
mlen mlen 9 years
i might try it in lemondade before i just start munching on the petals!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
Id eat these in a second. I love hibiscus tea.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I would certainly try it. They look lovely.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
for sure!!! This looks very interesting and yummyful....
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
I've had these before from Trader Joe's. A little too sweet for straight up snacking for me but they look awesome on top of cupcakes :) .
hiyamamommy hiyamamommy 9 years
I know I have had the Mexican Hibiscus punch, it is okay. Now, I just discovered the Sobe drink that has strawberry, hibiscus, and ROCKS! It is a newer formulation; the first version didn't have the hibiscus and it wasn't a memorable flavor, now was it as brightly colored. Check it out! I will be looking for this product on my next TraderJoe's run, definitely. :-)
limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
Yeah, they're good. It's weird thinking of eating dehydrated flowers, because usually when they're dried out they are not edible. But these are truly tasty!
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
Sounds tasty.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I'd try it.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Or you can buy them at a mexican store. It is consumed in Mexico as iced tea. Good diuretic.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I love these - I mixed them into a salad to be different - and everyone loved it!
Kristykitten Kristykitten 9 years
I have tried them and I agree they are delicious! Good idea re: the lemonade, I'll have to try that.
dkaanoi dkaanoi 9 years
heck yeah i would definately try it!!
fashiongrrrl fashiongrrrl 9 years
wow! That looks really good! There isn't a Trader Joe's near me... do you think I could find them at a local co-op?
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Defintely, I would try these - especially after reading this review. As for eating flowers, nasturtiums on salad is great. Plus cakes decorated with petals - lovely! It is important to know which ones are edible and safe for eating but if it's packaged like this, well, then why not?
rivekkah rivekkah 9 years
I would try the lemonade mix.
neonbee neonbee 9 years
I'm too scared to try. Maybe one day.
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