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Horchata from Ecuador is a herbal tea.... a clear red infusion of 28 herbs that promote good health and tastes GREAT!.
Horchata from Ecuador, is a very different drink – think of bright pink red vs. the Spanish or Mexican white horchata. In Ecuador, horchata is actually an healthy herbal tea drink made from a mix of herbs and flowers; it is a typical drink from the province of Loja.
It is very common to find horchata stands in the morning selling tall glasses of this drink served warm and sweet, Horchata is also served as a iced tea with lunch and other meals.
The herbs and flowers that are part of this drink include some better known herbs such as; chamomile, rose geranium, mint, verbena, lemon grass, and flax. Other medicinal flowers included in horchata tea are small roses, violets, begonias, carnations, fuschias and malva olorosa/malva blanca – which are flowers from the mallow family.
The horchata herb mix also includes some lesser known and harder to find medicinal herbs which include: cola de caballo or horse tail (also known as shave grass), llanten or plantain plant (not to be confused with plantain bananas), borraja or borge, a red leafed herb called escancel, (English: known as bloodleaf) which herb gives the drink its red pinkish color. Another plant used in this tea is ataco or red amaranth, it also contributes to the color of the horchata drink. There are a few other plants that are used, however these only grow in Ecuador and don’t have known names in English, In Spanish they are called pimpinela, shullo, and cucharillo.
The horchata tea herbs can be used fresh or dried or a combination.
Horchata is delicious and healthy anytime of the day – served hot or cold.