I’ve posted before about some roselle jam that I made. Yesterday we got some roselle in our weekly organic delivery box. I still have some roselle plants growing, but they need to be trimmed and re-planted. The roselle that we got this week is a different variety. I’m going to try to plant the seeds to see if they’ll grow, as I much prefer it! They are bigger, and aren’t covered with the prickly hairs like the ones we have are! It was SO much easier to peel the roselle when I didn’t have to worry about my fingers!
One of my sisters said that she’s growing some roselle at her home (also called hibiscus), so I wanted to show how I make my juice! I don’t have an actual recipe because I never know how much I’m going to get. What I do is rinse the roselle a few times, and then peel off the outside layer, which is what you use. Inside there is a seed pod, which you do not eat. I put all the roselle bits into a pan and cover with water. I put quite a bit of water. I think here I had approximately 4 cups of roselle pieces and I used about 7-8 cups of water. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 5-20 minutes, it really doesn’t matter how long. The water should turn a deep red and the roselle pieces should be wilted and soft. Strain into another container, and add sugar to taste. I made this as a concentrate, so after sugaring it to taste (just to balance out the sweet and tart as roselle is quite tart!) you can mix it with water/ice 50/50.
I took about 2 cups of the concentrate and added a bunch of ice to cool it down and we took it out on a spontaneous evening picnic, yum!