Bissap is a refreshing drink with a sweet taste, obtained from the infusion of dried hibiscus flowers.It gives a reddish color to the juice; with the leaves. On the other hand, condiments and sauces are prepared. Hibiscus has refreshing, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Bissap juice regulates blood pressure and reduces hypertension. It also has high levels of vitamin C and can help prevent the common cold and strengthen the immune system.
Bissap drink is usually served with mint leaves. It is generally prepared with any flavor of your choice. Sometimes with orange or ginger essence, pineapple juice, tea leaves, vanilla, and other flavors. Typically in Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal, the drink juice is served cold, while in Egypt, it is served hot.
The drink is also known as wonjo, foléré, dabileni, tsobo, zobo, or sobolo in parts of West Africa.It is called sorrel in the Caribbean, and agua de Jamaica in Mexico.
In Senegal, bissap is considered the “national drink of Senegal.” While in Egypt and Sudan, wedding celebrations are traditionally toasted with a glass of hibiscus tea.
In Italy, bissap, known as carcadè or karkadè (from the Arabic word كَرْكَديه [karkaˈdeː]), is usually eaten hot, often with the addition of sugar and lemon juice. It was first introduced in Eritrea and was widely used as a tea substitute when the country was hit by trade sanctions for the invasion of Abyssinia.