The large exotic flower of the Tropical Hibiscus flowers comes in colors of red, yellow, peach, pink, and white and only last for one day on the stem, but when dried and stored properly they keep considerably longer .
The brightly colored blooms are typically dried for use in making teas and other beverages, including alcoholic cocktails. More exotic cooking people sprinkle the dried flowers into soups and custards or mix into bread dough before baking.
If I know my liqueurs’ well, this hibiscus flower mead tej turns out to be almost equivalent to the stature of similar to that of whiskys or cognac, - which makes it a perfect pair for tire siga (ጥረ ስጋ)
On the other hand with that pronounce flavor of flower-ish nuance of the hibiscus, you would feel that you’re drinking your flower. How nice.
ነገርን ነገር ያነሳዋልና - Now this love of flower of mine and as well as many other women took me to another topic namely - What’s up with most Habesha men reluctance to bring flower to their women. I can say this for most Habesha women of my generation that we love our Habesha men to death and appreciate for showing up at our door steps with the generous gift of of food and drink. For crying out loud, stop being so practical, act like a father or a brother for once in a while and bring the poor Habesha woman some flowers and God forbids that you get that flower from the grocery stores. Just go to the flower boutique on the corner and they will design one just for a couple of bucks more. Trust me on this, that you will notice on the morning when she serve you the breakfast of your life time.