Excerpts from Jim Conrad's Naturalist Newsletter. He grows Roselle commercially, using chemicals. We wanted to try growing it organically. Here Roselle is known as Jamaica, pronounced "ha-MY-ca. For centuries the plant has been famous for the teas and food dishes prepared from its flowers' acid, fleshy calyxes.
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Tropical magnolia. Desert rose Adenium. This catalog is for information only. If you don't see the price - the plant is not for sale. Click on image to enlarge. Pictogram Guide you may also see symbol definition in a pop-up window by mouse-pointing on pictogram. Erect, mostly branched; stem to 11ft tall, variously colored dark green to red. Plant exhibits marked photoperiodism, not flowering at shortening days of In United States plants do not flower until short days of late fall or early winter.
It will adapt to a variety of soils. It will tolerate floods, and is very fast growing. For the calyces of fruits, about 3 weeks after tile onset of flowering, the first fruits are ready for picking.
Reported to be antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cholagogue, demulcent, digestive, diuretic, emollient, purgative, refrigerant, resolvent, sedative, stomachic, and tonic, roselle is a folk remedy for abscesses, bilious conditions, cancer, cough, debility, dyspepsia, dysuria, fever, hangover, heart ailments, hypertension, neurosis, scurvy, and strangury.
The drink made by placing, the calyx in water, is said to be a folk remedy for cancer. Medicinally, leaves are emollient, and are much used in Guinea as a diuretic, refrigerant, and sedative; fruits are antiscorbutic; leaves, seeds, and ripe calyces are diuretic and antiscorbutic; and the succulent calyx, boiled in water, is used as a drink in bilious attacks; flowers contain gossypetin, anthocyanin, and glucoside hibiscin, which may have diuretic and choleretic effects, decreasing the viscosity of the blood, reducing blood pressure and stimulating intestinal peristalsis.
In Burma, the seed are used for debility, the leaves as emollient. Taiwanese regard the seed as diuretic, laxative, and tonic. Philippines use the bitter root as an aperitive and tonic Perry, Angolans use the mucilaginous leaves as an emollient and as a soothing cough remedy.
Central Africans poultice the leaves on abscesses. The fruit consists of the large reddish calyces surrounding the small seed pods. Capsules are easily separated, but need not be removed before cooking. It is one of beverages made from fresh juices or extracts.
It is served chilled, and in Jamaica this drink is a tradition on Christmas, served with fruit cake or potato pudding. In Panama both the flowers and the drink are called saril a derivative of the Jamaican word sorrel. In the United States, hibiscus tea was popularized as "Red Zinger". Flowers are used to make a cold or hot tea sweetened with sugar.
There has been some Medical studies which indicate that it lowers high blood pressure and also has diuretic effects. The flavor is on the tart side similar to a cranberry juice. In Mexico, it is also used for granites, ice pops and sangria. Place the flowers in a small pot with the 3 cups of water. Bring them to a boil. Boil them for about minutes over medium-high heat.
Set aside for at least 4 hours, you can also make this step overnight. Strain the liquid into a pitcher and add the 4 cups of water and sugar. You can adjust the added water if you feel it is to tart to your palate.
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Roselle Jamaican Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Hibiscus or roselle is a gorgeous red and green flowering shrub that is striking, unusual, edible and makes for a colorful and tasty garden addition. The young leaves, fruit, seeds, and roots are all used in foods or medicinal applications; however, the most popular part of the plant is the calyx, at the bottom of each flower. This fleshy, bright red cup-like protective layer around the seedpods is most known and used for tea infusions, jellies, jams, syrups, and as trendy recipe ingredients. Hibiscus tea is a familiar drink, and hibiscus syrups have been used in cocktails for a few years now. Innovative chefs are making vanilla ice cream swirled with candied hibiscus and lemonade with a shot of hibiscus called a Hibiscus Squeeze. It is also known by several other names - Florida cranberry, red sorrel, or Jamaica sorrel, flor de Jamaica, Queensland jelly plant, jelly okra, and many more.
Hibiscus/Jamaica/Roselle Seeds - (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Pharmacological characterization of the diuretic effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa Linn Malvaceae extract. Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Malvaceae populary known in Mexico as " Jamaica ", "flor de Jamaica ", has widely used in Mexican Traditional Medicine as antihypertensive and diuretic, although the latter activity has been reported the present work show evidence about the diuretic, natriuretic and potassium-sparing effects. To evaluate the diuretic activity of Hibiscus sabdariffa aqueous extract on in vivo and in situ models.
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