Hibiscus sabdariffa

Due to its bright red colour and sour, sorrel-like taste, the Rosella is used for colouring and to add a certain acidic freshness to dishes.

Considered to have antihypertensive properties, the plant is primarily cultivated in some places for the production of bast fibre from the stem of the plant, which may be used as a substitute for jute in making burlap.

Used in folk medicine as a diuretic, mild laxative, the Rosella can also be used to treat cardiac and nerve diseases and cancer.


last update by M 12/7/2012

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