Our Desert Hibiscus is grown by a family of farmers in Fayoum, an ancient agricultural community in central Egypt. Hibiscus is one of the world's most beloved ingredients, and it's been used in virtually every tropical cuisine and to make tart, pink drinks for centuries.
It's zingy, fruity, vibrant and tart and is at home in sweet and savory dishes alike. This finely milled, easy-to-use powder brings the gorgeous magenta color and bright, mildly astringent tartness of hibiscus to all sorts of muffins, pies, drinks, infusions and even rubs for meat and vegetables. Just a shake of this brilliant powder brings brightness and lightness to everything it touches!
- Steep in hot water to make tea
- Add powder to muffins, scones or cookies
- Infused in equal parts water and sugar for a gorgeous simple syrup
- Add to rubs for a tart, bright note
Our Desert Hibiscus is grown by an extended family of farmers in an ancient agricultural community in central Egypt, on the Nile River floodplain, where spices have been cultivated for many, many years.
We connected with the farmers through our partnership with Zaid of Norwich Meadows Farm. Every year, Zaid works with a crew of highly skilled Egyptian farmers who come to his farm in upstate New York to grow organic vegetables using a specific system of high tunnels and intercropping. The vegetables that Zaid grows with this group of farmers are stunning, and these same farmers have their own farms in Egypt, where they grow ancient varietals of desert-adapted spices that rely on seasonal flooding from the Nile River as the primary source of water. Their farms are the source of this and our other Egyptian spices.