With their large, vibrantly coloured petals, hibiscus flowers have become an iconic symbol for a tropical paradise. Typically found in warm and tropical climates, hibiscus plants vary in size from little shrubs to small trees. Likewise, their flowers have their own individuality, and come in a broad range of colours and sizes, with red being one of the most popular. Hibiscus blossoms are the national flower of South Korea, Malaysia and Haiti. They also have spiritual significance and play an important part in Hindu ceremonies. Though many may find it surprising, these beautiful flowers are edible, and are served dried or coated in sugar to create candied hibiscus flowers in many parts of the world. Beauty, taste and quality are not the only positive points of freshly brewed hibiscus tea. This jewel of the herbal tea world is also an excellent source of essential micro-nutrients. Hibiscus is known to have high amounts of vitamin C, and also offers natural antioxidants. It contains a number of active constituents, including citric acid, the source of its refreshing tangy taste. Pectin, flavonols, anthocyanins, sterols and mucilage are also found in hibiscus. All of these elements together create even more reasons to indulge in a fresh cup of hibiscus tea.