Roselle is a tall, tropical, red and green shrub that makes for a colourful garden addition or hedge, and tastes an awful lot like cranberries!
The tender leaves, used in salads, provide a taste similar to spicy spinach contrasted with a flavorful, fruity sourness.
Flowers of the plant that look like Hibiscus flowers are used to make tea.
Food - This plant is quite famous for many of its fleshy calyces. The fresh calyces of red roselle are used to produce a bright red-coloured, nice-tasting drink called the roselle juice or flor de jamaica. The leaves of the roselle are used in salads to add an exciting flavour.
Skincare - the roselle plant is quite popular in the beauty and skincare world for its anti-ageing properties. It is used to make face/body scrubs, facial steams, clay masks, etc.
Ornamentation - one of the primary uses of roselle is as part of flower arrangements. The red roselle flowers themselves can be used as part of a unique touch for your decorative piece.
Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Properties - Fresh or dried flower of roselle contains high quantities of Vitamin C which is an essential nutrient required by our body to boost and stimulate the activity of your immune system.
Aids Digestion - The seed capsule in the roselle fruit is known for its diuretic and tonic properties and is used for both urination and bowel movements, treating constipation, etc.
Antidepressant Properties - helps to calm down the nervous system and to reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the body and mind.
Roselle Tea (From Fresh Calyx)
With the dried Roselle flowers, you’ll want to use around 2 tablespoons of dried Roselle calyces per cup of water.
Preserve roselle in sugar into Candied Roselle. It surprisingly still retains crunchiness and the taste is similar to sweetened cranberries.