My mom often bought candied roselle when I was little. I still remember that it used to be one of our favorite sweets during that time. These maroon fruit gradually became scarce here and the candied roselle we frequently bought also could not be found…
Do you now roselle? I remember eating whole candied roselle when I was a child. I initially thought it was a flower, but it is not a fruit neither. It is unexpectedly the calyx, the green (red for roselle) part that encloses the flowers in bud stage. This lovely maroon calyx from the hibiscus family tastes sweet and sour just like cranberry. However, unfortunately I can find it nowhere anymore.
Until lately, I found them sold fresh at a traditional market in Singkawang, a city in the province of West Kalimantan, when I passed by for an office assignment. I was surprised to find that its size is considerably big, as I had only seen the dried version only. I immediately purchased a few and dried them for preservation following the pedler’s suggestion. Here is a simple roselle recipe roundup to get your taste buds tempted. Continue reading Roselle Lemonade