ALSO KNOWN AS
Roselle Hibiscus, Sorrel
That bestie who's REALLY into fitness
You’re probably familiar with the bright red color of roselle tea or the roselle calyx (the bulb like flower of the plant) but not its leaves and its uses. Roselle leaves are a great source of polyphenolic compounds, a characteristic given to similar plants in physical, chemical and biological properties, such as grapes, apples, pears, and cherries.
What do these guys have in common? They are great antioxidants! They bind to the unstable, unpredictable molecules in our body called free radicals. Free radicals get produced due to lifestyle, stress, or environmental factors such as air pollution, cigarette smoke, high blood sugar levels, radiation, high polyunsaturated fat levels, or too much or too little oxygen in the body. They're also said to play a role in heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Think of antioxidants as your best buddies that help bind to free (crazy unstable disrespectful #rude) radicals to balance, calm our system down, and assist them to go bye-bye!
Add leaves to Sinigang or Tom Yum to add lively sourness. Calyces can be dried and turned to tea.