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Kath starts with ...
are rosellas the same as the native hibiscus flowers sold in cane sugar syrup people put in champagne? If so, does anyone have a recipe for this? thanks
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Dekka says...
Be very careful consuming native hibiscus. Hibiscus tileaceous can cause damage to internal organs.
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23rd November 2009 12:41pm
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Kath says...
Hi Dekka, that hibiscus is the cotton tree-I am trying to find out about rosellas & the native hibiscus sold in jars of syrup and whether they are the same thing.
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Zarra Ridge Organics says...
Hi Kath
your after hibiscus sabdariffa. Commonly know as Rosella.
Grow up to 2m good tropical/subtropical plant native to Africa not Australia as some sites claim.
Your recipe is any sugar based syrup and the calyx remember to remove the seed pod. Harvest the seed and dry to store as the going price is around $85 per 100g.
hope this helps
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Kath says...
Thanks heaps for that-I've been googling & googling & was completely confused!! Will make some up as my friend's love them-I can't stand champagne but they could probably go in any fizzy drink. Also, why are the seeds so exy??
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Diana says...
Hi Kath,

Yes, rosella is often seen as a bush food, although it originated in Africa and is very widespread now (e.g. in this pretty interesting report about what's in bush foodshttp://74.125.153.132/search?q=cache:QV4Op7TbbSkJ www.sgapqld.org.au/bush_food_safety.pdf+queensland+herbarium+hibiscus+sabdariffa&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au). They say:

"Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (wild rosella, roselle, Jamaica sorrel). General information. Rosellas possibly originated in West Africa, but are now widely naturalised, cultivated and bred in tropical areas. The naturalised population found in northern areas of Australia (coastal NT and Cape York) is believed to have been brought from islands to the north before
European settlement, and the plant has been added to the list of native Australian bushfood species.
Infusions of the calyces are used as a caffeine-free drink, as well as for preserves and flavourings"
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Kath says...
Thanks Diana but I couldn't get that link to open.
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Diana says...
Hi Kath,

Try http://www.sgapqld.org.au/bush_food_safety.pdf

Thanks,

Diana.
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Kath says...
Hi Diana,thanks-great info.Kath
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Virginia says...
Hi Kath & Diana - my friend just told me about these hibiscus flowers in syrup and am wanting to make some myself - how did you go with the recipe as i really want to try some & also where did you purchase the flowers? Thanks, Virginia
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Diana says...
Hi Virginia,

Have a look at the rosella threads on the forum, especially https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/forum/rosella-bush/

April and May are harvesting time, around here anyway, so it is a bit late to plant them until Spring again now. Some grocer's sell the flowers.

Diana.
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Nura says...
please where can i get this plant?
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Kathy says...
Hey Kath,

I've been having the same problem! I have a sabdariffa and just received another type of hibiscus for Xmas (no botanical name on the tag!). They have same type of edible flower and redish stems but different shaped leaves. After a bit of a search I found this:

http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2002/hibiscus-heterophyllus.html

I think that my new and native one is heterophyllus and the original one I have is the African sabdariffa. Now i just have to wait to get enough fruit to see which makes for better champagne flowers! :O)

Kathy
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Miriam says...
Buy rosella seeds from www.greenharvest.com.au
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Julie says...
Probably a bit too late in the season now Miriam. Unless they grow all-year-round in Q'land?
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Les says...
Can anyone tell me how wide rosella plants spread? I want to use these for screening
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Mike says...
There are loads of native hibiscus species in several genera and Hibiscus tiliaceaus,the coast cottonwood can be 10m tall but some Abrus can be tiny.None have good fruit or edible calyxes but many and the cotton plant get attcked by harlequin bugs.Rosella calyxes are a bit sour and used in a few dishes and to make jam mostly and were more commonly used 50 years ago.There are a few varieties and are a bit weak,spindly and short lived for screens but look decorative.
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Evon jenkinson says...
Remove core of flower before dunking into sugary syrup that has boiled for some time to thicken slightly. Take off heat almost immediately and let stand till cool. Bottle in sterilised jars. I used about 30 large flowers to 2/3 litre of syrup. Lost my plant due to overwatering. Looking to buy another. Trying to source one. Any idea where they are available now?
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Russ3 says...
I got heaps of seeds they grow quick. If you want some email me address. russellclark@y7mail.com there fresh from about two weeks ago
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Mike Tr says...
Russ, heaps of rosellas huh.I know someone who was looking for a heap of seeds.
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Russ3 says...
I got a bowl not full but more than enough to spread around. I can drop them in your mail box in the morning. How many
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