When dried, the flowers are used together with the fruit to make colouring agents or beverages such as tea or wine. Typically used in Africa, especially the Sahel, to make a sugary herbal tea that is commonly sold on the street.
Spread throughout Italy during the early 20th century, the Roselle tea is a fairly popular by-product of Italian colonies. In Thailand, drinking the Roselle tea is thought to reduce cholesterol.
last update by M 12/7/2012