One of our 2011 distribution plants:
Hibiscus sabdariffa is one of the most useful flowering shrubs in the Caribbean. Commonly known as sorrel or roselle, the fibers found in the stems are used to make jute, while the fleshy, red calyx are utilized in the West Indies and elsewhere in the tropics fresh for making roselle wine, jelly, syrup, gelatin, refreshing beverages, pudding, and cakes, and dried roselle is used for tea, jelly, marmalade, ices, ice-cream, sherbets, butter, pies, sauces, tarts, and other desserts. Calyces are also used in the West Indies to color and flavor rum. Tender leaves and stalks are eaten as salad and as a pot-herb and are used for seasoning curries. The roselle produces a lovely flower, during the winter, which is yellow to pale pink to red. Once the flower falls, the calyces become swollen and vivid red. This is the stage at which the calyces are utilized. Plant roselle in full sun to light shade. One plant will produce plenty of calyces for your use.
| Photo by Marilyn Griffiths
This plant will be available for purchase by FTBG Members this Saturday, October 1 at our 73rd Annual Members' Day Plant Sale. For more information see: