The flower that is quintessentially Hawaiian, the Hibiscus is one of the most beautiful flowers that immediately evokes beauty. It is a favorite for women to place in their hair!
RED HIBISCUS (Sorrel)
1) Sparkling Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail
- 1 wild hibiscus flower
- Champagne or Prosecco
Position the hibiscus flower at the bottom of a champagne flute and slowly fill it with your favorite bubbly. As the champagne fizzles, the hibiscus flower will open up and bloom in your glass. Once you drink your bubbly, refill it. Or, just nibble on the edible flower.
2) Purple lemonade. In Central America, the flowers are blended with ice, sugar, lemon or lime juice and water to make a delicious, purple lemonade.
3) Red Hibiscus salad
- 1 cup of red hibiscus leaves
- 2 tangerines
- 2~3 spoons of cashews
- Olive oil, orange and lime juices
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put in a salad bowl the red hibiscus leaves, peel of the tangerines and cut them into little pieces.
- Prepare the vinaigrette by mixing the orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Add the vinaigrette to the salad and feel free to cover it with cashews.
- Taste the Paradise!
- As food: The leaves are pleasantly tart and can be eaten in salads and stir-fries. They retain their red color even after cooking. Because the leaves are a bit mucilaginous (slimy), they are best cooked in small-ish quantities and cooked only for a short time.
As medicine: As the leaves have a good amount of calcium, phosphorus, iron and malic acid, they can be used to fight all kind of low-energy feelings and as a natural daily supplement, particularly in case of intense work-out or hot season.