MAHNAZ FOOD – LALE ROSELLE TEA (50G)
Hibiscus sabdariffa, or Roselle, is a shrub belonging to the Malvaceae family. In Iran, it is typically known as sour tea. In English-speaking countries, Roselle is called Red Sorrel. Originally from Africa and Carribean countries like West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, it is now commonly cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions of the world particularly in India and Southeast Asia.
Roselle has been used as a therapeutic plant for centuries. Traditionally, it treats toothaches, urinary tract infections, colds, and even hangovers. In Senegal, roselle juice extracted from leaves is used to treat conjunctivitis and, when pulverized, soothes sores and ulcers.
One of the main reasons for the cultivation of roselle is to produce bast fibres which are extracted from the stem and are used as a substitute to jute. Hibiscus cannabinus is commonly cultivated in southern Asia for fibre extraction purposes.
Roselle is an easy to grow shrub and reaches tall heights. It can be easily identified with its bright red stems. It produces a lot of appealing flowers which have a distinctive look. And also, at every node, it produces a calyx. Fresh as well as dried calyces are an essential part and are used in food preparation.
Uses of the Roselle Plant
Roselle is an example of a plant that has many beneficial uses. The right person can use all its parts like the roselle calyces, leaves, stem, flower, etc for one purpose or the other.
Some of these uses include:
Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Properties
Cough, Colds and Fever Management
Blood Pressure Management