Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower (Roselle).
Sudan is considered as the country in which Roselle originated, particularly in the Kordofan and Darfur areas.
Roselle, also known as KARKADE in the Sudan and other Arab countries is mainly grown for its fleshy calyx (sepals), which is the commercially valuable part of the plant.
Roselle is an annual crop used in food, animal feed, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and Pharmaceuticals.
Hibiscus is a multi-use plant, whose outer leaves (calyx), also known as natal sorrel.
It is frequently used in the production of jelly, jam, juice, wine, syrup, gelatin, pudding, cake, ice cream, flavoring and as coloring agent for food and drinks. The plant has also many medicinal uses. The color of the calyx plays an important role in determining the quality of the Hibiscus.
Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) belongs to the family Malvaceae. Dried hibiscus flowers also contain flavonoid glycosides and acidic polysaccharides, such as cyanidinand delphinidin, from which dried hibiscus derives its characteristic deep red color.
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