from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tropical African plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa) having flowers with yellow petals and a persistent, bright red calyx that has a pleasantly acid flavor and is used to make jelly and beverages.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Hibiscus sabdariffa, an edible flower in the hibiscus family used in Mexican gastronomy to make the infusion agua de jamaica.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a malvaceous plant (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) cultivated in the east and West Indies for its fleshy calyxes, which are used for making tarts and jelly and an acid drink.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An East Indian rose-mallow, Hibiscus Sabdariffa, widely cultivated in the tropics, where its pleasantly acidulous calyxes are used for tarts, jellies, etc., and for making a cool refreshing drink.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. East Indian sparsely prickly annual herb or perennial subshrub widely cultivated for its fleshy calyxes used in tarts and jelly and for its bast fiber
BTW, it is called roselle and is sold mostly in as a dried flower.
In other parts of Africa, roselle is used to make wine, in the Caribbean as tea with ginger and other spices, in Guatemala to cure a hangover.
Once again these claims are all misleading solicitations!! emily roselle Says:
Okra Okra comes from the annual plant Hibiscus (Abelmoschus) esculentus, a member of the hibiscus family, and a relative of roselle (p. 327) and cotton.
The false roselle was especially popular because of the red-purple color and sour, tangy flavor.
They eat both false roselle and katuk, but not chaya.
Neither do leaves that are acidic like sorrel or dock [Rumex sp.]; mucilaginous leaves like Basella alba, purslane [Portulaca oleracea] or roselle [Hibiscus sabdariffa].
· Little of the sorghum is grown in monoculture; most is planted in mixtures with cowpea, pigeonpea, roselle, and other crops.
One drawback of roselle is its attractiveness to insects, the most common being the cotton stainer, bollworm, flea beetle and root-knot nematode.
Grown mostly in West and Central Africa and India, roselle shows promise for successful cultivation in the Philippines.