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Friday, April 23, 2010

Roselle

My nasty cough is back , which means restless sleep and cranky mood.

Anyway wanted to show something interesting. I once told about a maldivian kiddie birthday bash, well, my freind lives in a small little house with a tiny space for a garden. But she uses it quite well, or a rather her mum and hubby does, to grow necessities like chillies , pandan bushes, morainga and others. Well her hubby came over a few days back with some of her chillies and also brought a long this funny looking flower. When I asked what it was he gets all excited and says its a ribena flower!!!. Yes ribena as in like that black current drink . So I said isnt it made out of black currents and he goes , no no its made with this , the guy who gave him the plant had said so and he has been making juice out of these. I got a little worried thinking some idiot was playing a trick on the poor man.

So I decided to investigate it, I remembered seeing something called a roselle drink at the supermarkets here and had the same funny looking thing out side. And guess what? its the same thing.



Its a type if hibiscus , the calyx of the flower and the calyx is chopped up ,after removing the hard green little seed inside, and then boiled in water and sugar and then strained. This is served as a drink with lots of ice. You can check out here for more information on this here



I did try it, but some how , i really couldnt figure out whats so great about it, yes it does have lots of vitamin c s and others but for me a good juice should make my taste buds very satisfide, you know like when you have nice watermelon drink or lemonade on a hot day. You know bring a smile to your face.

Any one else have any ideas about this roselle? I have read that it can be made into jams and even dried and used for tea.

17 comments:

  1. Really interesting, Peanutts! I've never heard of it and the Wiki article has a lot of great info on it! I'd lean towards trying the jam, it said it tasted similar to plums which is nice! Very pretty color drink and a neat looking flower!

    Sorry about your cough, on that page it mentions your flower can be used to make a cough syrup!

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  2. My mom used to make this drink when I was little. We planted a lot of these at our backyard. It tastes like blackcurrant or grapes, something like that! Very yummy & refreshing!Thanks for posting this.
    Have a great weekend.
    Regards, Kristy

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  3. wow. never heard of these before. looks interesting.

    hope you are holding up well. big hugs to you and MAF. and of course the bigger boys. lots of love to you all.

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  4. Recently i prepared a punch with dry roselle, thanks for sharing this informative post..

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  5. Never heard abt this one,so no idea abt what can be done using this...do take care of yourself and get well soon..

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  6. wow, had never heard of this before! thanks for posting.
    learning something every day! ;-)

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  7. A very interesting drink! Never even saw this before.

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  8. Great new info. Drink looks refreshing.

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  9. Never tried this before. Love the color.
    Take care.

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  10. oh thats cool though fun to discover new foods and drinks

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  11. I had roselle drink at Sala Thai. Didn't like it that much. Hugs

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  12. I've never had roselle. I hope you feel better soon.

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  13. We call this sorrel and it is a drink that is made at Christmas time.

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  14. Really interesting drink.. following you

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  15. Interesting..never heard of this..But I know what you are talking about..at times we need to satisfy our taste buds too..lol

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  16. It looks beautiful! I never heard of it before. Sorry I'm no help. Hope your feeling better!

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  17. I had a roselle drink at this Radix Fried Chicken place the other day and it was quite lovely.. i was thinking about it even the next day..so I went back again alone bought and drink and walked home sipping it :)

    At that time I didnt know what roselle was and my friend posted the wiki article on it.. so thats all i knw about it as well

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