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Rosella Queensland Jam Plant Hibiscus Sabdariffa Seeds
Packet of 20+ home grown seeds!
Everyone in Australia must know this fella, most of the world for that matter!
Very versatile and high yielding member of the Hibiscus Family and known by about a hundred different names.
Here is a heap, but I am sure there are a lot more out there. Galda, Guragod, Labug, Labog, Chin-pow, Belchanda, Tengamora, mwitha, mesta tenga, hanserong, Chukor, Sougri, Gongura, Andhra Matha, Andhra Sakhambari Varapradasadam, Ambadi, LalChatni, Kutrum, chin baung, krajiab, krajiab daeng, krajiab priaw, dah, dah, sobolo, som phor dee, slek cu, sɑndan, bissap, bleni, wonjo, zobo, Isapa, jamaica, karkady, bissap, red sorrel, Ishapa, Zoborodo, karkanji, folere, Chaye-Torosh, karkade, omutete, Saril, caruru-azedo, quiabo-roxo, asam belanda, mei gui qie lumanda, katolo, wusi, native hibiscus, grosella or Rosella, the name most Aussies know it by.
Every part of the plant is used in pretty much every part of the world.
The leaves are used as a leaf vegetable, just like spinach or plantain, fried up, boiled in a soup or just as is in salads. Often called Red sorrel when eaten this way, it really is tasty. The central fiber of the stem is used for cordage and most importantly the large red flower calyx is used for making jam or dried as a vitamin rich and delicious tea.
We drink it all the time, even buying it in dried when we run out every now and then.
It is considered medicinal as it contains huge amounts of organic acids like citric acid, maleic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides, deep red flavonoid glycosides, like cyanidin and delphinidin, and a whole host of antioxidants, one of the highest amounts for a commonly available plant.
Prized as a hangover cure in many parts of the world, it is also regarded diuretic, cholerectic, febrifugal, hypotensive, thinning blood and lowering blood pressure. Not only hypotensive, it is considered antispasmodic, anthelmintic and antibacterial as well.
Though many folks say it is native to Australia, even called “native hibiscus” by a lot of folks, that isn’t quite true (some councils in northern Australia even consider it a weed!)..
Originally from Africa, it is thought to have spread throughout Asia and down into the Kimberleys in Western Australia, the Northern Territory eventually into Northern Queensland, possibly arriving with Indonesian fishing boats thousands of years ago, like before European settlement.
A lot of our plants came here that way I’m told.
There you have it, another beauty. Great for salads, jam, tea or even rope!
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!