Finally, I have my own potted Roselle plant.
Roselle flower look like sea hibiscus
I like Roselle, I called them Ribena Plant before knowing the name, Actually it is, till today, conveniently referred to as Ribena. However, Roselle and the store bought Ribena syrup are two different things although similar in taste. Roselle is in actual fact, a wild hibiscus cultivar.
Roselle, I love this name, it is feminine, and the beautiful pinkish flower is definitely feminine too. The flowers have a blood red centre, opening light yellow in the morning and turning a gorgeous pink as they wither off by mid-day, and then close up and drop off later in the day. Fruits start to grow bigger and bigger.
I have seen a Roselle plant grow to a height of more than 7 feet tall and send branches out to 3-4 feet wide. There are limited growing in a container, so try to get a bigger container for Roselle, as it can get rather bushy, do not prune it, fruits will grow all along the stem right to the tip of each branch.
I plug out the calyces from the fruit capsules and soak them into water for about half an hour before making Roselle juice, which is rich in vitamin C.
Wash, drain and cut calyxes (mine is about 20 pieces) into smaller pieces and put them into boiling water (about 2.5 litres). Add some sugar. Done!
The taste is just like Ribena drink.
Unused fresh calyxes can be sun dried and stored in an airtight container for next time use.
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