HERB, St. Kitts ROSELLE (Sorrel)
Germination 92% Nov 2023 Packed for 2024
Hibiscus sabdariffa, commonly known as Roselle, is a plant species that is native to West Africa but is also cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world. It is well-known for its vibrant red calyces and is used for various culinary and medicinal purposes. The plant has dark green leaves and produces large, showy red or maroon flowers with a prominent red calyx (the outer covering of the flower). It's these calyces that are commonly used in various applications.
Culturally, Hibiscus sabdariffa is used in various cuisines and traditional beverages around the world. For example, in the Caribbean, a popular drink called "sorrel" is made from dried hibiscus calyces, often mixed with spices like cloves and ginger. It is a common ingredient in many traditional dishes and beverages.
The calyces of Hibiscus sabdariffa are edible and have a tart, cranberry-like flavor. They are often used to make beverages such as hibiscus tea or "sorrel" in some regions. The calyces can be dried and used to make herbal teas, jams, jellies, and sauces. Hibiscus sabdariffa is also known for its potential health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, and has been studied for its potential to lower blood pressure, improve heart health, and have anti-inflammatory properties. Hibiscus tea is a popular way to consume it for its potential health benefits.
Roselle is a hardy plant that grows well in warm climates. It's often grown as an annual but can be grown as a perennial in tropical regions. The calyces are typically harvested when they are ripe, and the seeds can also be collected for future planting.