West Indian SORREL
nmm1 at cus.cam.ac.uk
Sun Nov 21 17:56:46 EST 1999
In article <819mao$t0p$1 at news4.svr.pol.co.uk>,
abacusnurseries.freeserve.co,uk <david at abacusnurseries.freeserve.co.uk> wrote:
>Can anyone give me any information on the plant known as Sorrel in
>Trinidad. its got a thick waxy flower with a prickly seed.....
[ Corrected version. The previous version had the Latin name of
Okra :-( ]
Hibiscus sabdariffa. Roselle. I forget the Arabic name, but it is
common in that culture.
It is used to make a tisane, sweetened with sugar, or a jelly rather
like redcurrant. I liked eating it raw (much to the annoyance of my
mother), but can't remember if it is eaten as a bud or unripe pod.
Anyway, it is grown as an annual, and likes a moderately hot summer.
About 4' high, if I remember correctly.
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