Interesting facts

Some of the health benefits of sorrel include its ability to boost eyesight, strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, build strong bones, increase circulation, increase energy levels, help prevent cancer, reduce certain skin conditions, lower blood pressure, slow the aging process, protect against diabetes, strengthen heart health, and improve kidney health.

Hibiscus sabdariffa, is most often grown in warm temperate regions for its vibrant bell-shaped flowers. It can reach up to 8 feet in height and features crimson stems, lobed leaves with red veins, pale yellow flowers and a large red calyx.

The Egyptians have also been enjoying Sorrel for centuries yet call it Karkade. It is believed to have been prepared for the Pharaohs to maintain their youth and beauty.


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Sorrel is the calyx of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower and the name of the drink made from this particular flower.

What are the health benefits of Sorrel?
High content of Vitamin C - reduces inflammation and fights off infection.
Antibacterial properties and a gentle laxative - relieves constipation and painful bloating.

One of the highest levels of antioxidants of any widely available food.

Rich in anthocyanins which display the following properties:
  • Anti - cancerous - reduces cancer promotion
  • Antihypertensive - reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces blood pressure in people with Type 2 diabetes
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Anti- ageing
  • Natural Diuretic
  • Increases the elasticity of blood vessels
Due to the delicious flavour and extraordinary health benefits of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa, many tropical countries dry the flower and export it. In this form it is used to make teas, drinks and numerous hibiscus flavoured products.

Where does it originate?
Hibiscus Sabdariffa or Sorrel as it is commonly called in Trinidad & Tobago, is native from India to Malaysia. It has been widely distributed in the Tropics and Subtropics of both hemispheres and has become naturalized in many areas of the West Indies and Central America.

The following table lists a few more names that Sorrel is known by globally:

Agua de Jamaica  in Mexico
Asam belanda in Malaysia
Ambashthaki in India
Belchanda in Nepal
Bissap in Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Ghana, Benin, Niger, Reunion, The Congo, France
Chin buang in Burma
Flor de Jamaica in Latin America
Jamaica Sorrel in America
Karkade, Karkadé in Egypt, Italy, Sudan, Levant
KrajiabDaeng in Thailand
Luoshenhua in Mandarin Chinese
Quiabo-roxo in Brasil
Roselle in Australia
Rosela in Indonesia
Saril in Panama
Torosh, Chai Torsh in Iran
Wonjo in The Gambia

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