Roselle, Scientific Name Hibiscus sabdariffa, is a shrub belonging to the Malvaceae family.
It is called sour tea in Iran. However, in English-speaking countries, it is called Red Sorrel.
It is originally from Africa but now widely naturalised in tropical and subtropical regions of the world particularly in India and Southeast Asia.
It is now commonly cultivated in Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific as a home garden crop.
Roselle or Red Sorrel has an Incredible List of Nutrients. It can Protect Your Heart. It cools you down and eliminates thirst.
Also makes your bones and teeth healthy. Can improve your immune system. Help you to stay fit, and help to treat cancer.
It could also help to lower blood pressure.
Roselle is rich in antioxidants, malic acid, anthocyanins, ascorbic acid and minerals.
It is also rich in phenolic compounds which are known to have free radical scavenging abilities.
Research shows its potential for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Important to note that the Roselle leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked as greens either on their own or with other leafy vegetables and meat.
In Indian culture, the Roselle is often added to curry to give it a sour taste