Rozelle hibiscus

ClareBroommaker's picture

I've mentioned this roselle hibiscus a few times. This was yesterday's harvest. Most of it we dehydrated for "tea". We are candying a little bit, investigating whether we can do that well enough for Christmas presents in some years.

We have probably an equal amount still in the garden, but it rained today. I want it to be dry when I pick it.

When working with it to pull the fleshy calyxes from the seed pod inside, I keep feeling like I was handling cotton bolls. It is not as stiff and pokey as cotton would be, but it does have some of the same short fibreglass-like hairs as cotton burs have. They are in the same botanical family, Malvaceae.

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kma's picture

This is my favorite tea - I buy it by the pound! Definitely on my gardening wish list.