Welcome beautiful souls! The first 'Tales from the Farm' blog post! .. So many friends and family have asked what to do with their rosella harvest this year, a blog post is the easiest way to share with you all some of the ways I use this magickal plant! First a little history and folklore!
LATIN NAME : Hibiscus sabdariffa , Rosella, Jamaican Sorrel, Sour Sour. Belonging to the Mallow family.
ORIGINS: This plant has been cultivated for over 300 years throughout Asia and introduced to Brazil in the seventeenth century. The next recording of this fabulous plant is in the West Indies in the eighteenth century, from there it has made it's way to India, Indonesia, Burma and into Northern Australia.
USES: The young shoots and leaves can be eaten raw or as a steamed vegetable, the calyces are used for beverages, preserves and jellies. They are dried and stored for use throughout the Dry Season. The seed contains 17% of edible oil. The stems are used for the production of Bast fibre.
It is a mucilage rich plant high in vitamin C and citric acid.
It also has many other wonderful uses and magickal properties that I will talk about another time!