Edible Flower Recipe: Roselle Tea
You might have seen this plant around Florida, but have you ever had a fresh Roselle flower in your tea? Whether it’s hot or cold, you can enjoy your favorite plant in your favorite drink!
Roselle calyces. Photo by Roy Cui (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
Roselle Origins and Facts
Although originally from parts of Africa, Roselle is a popular plant in Florida and even in the Caribbean. In fact, in the Caribbean, hibiscus is used as a special Christmas drink. It also does well in climates like India. Roselle is usually planted around August in Florida, and it appreciates well-drained soil and water during droughts. Around October and November, the calyces (the flowers) are nice and plump and are perfect for picking. (1)
- 2 cups Fresh Roselle Flowers (calyces)
- 8 cups Water
- 1/4 cup Honey (optional)
- 3 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
- Remove the green part at the base of the flower where the stem is attached.
- Place flowers and water in a pot and bring the pot to a boil. Once boiling turn off the stove and cover the pot, then you may also throw in other herbs like basil, mint, lemon balm, and rosemary.
- Let the tea steep for 15-20 minutes. Mix in the honey (optional) and lime juice until thoroughly mixed. Strain the tea to remove the solids. The remaining liquid is the tea.
- You can serve hot or you can stick in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, and serve it cold.
Benefits of Roselle Tea
Roselle has been used as a mild laxative and has even been used to help with urination and as a treatment for cracked skin, sores, and sore throat. The tea provides high amounts of the following vitamins and minerals (2):
- Vitamin C
This blog was written by Family and Consumer Sciences Intern, Mr. Caleb Dowdy, under the supervision of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Andrea Nikolai, MPH, RDN, LDN.