Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Glass of Sorrel...to You...


If you have no idea what sorrel is...
let me tell you a little about this delightful plant


it is a species of hibiscus (sabdariffa) also known as roselle


This is what the plant looks like...
it's a bush that grows gorgeous flowers that first start pink...
soft and silky to the feel;


and slowly, in the warm sunshine...


become these wonderful calyxes with a waxy look and feel...


with tiny soft, prickly spines on their crown


We harvest them at their peak...
cut out the inside seed from each fruit pod...
and put them out in the sun to dry for a week or more.
the seeds are saved for future crops


Once they are properly dried...
they look like this below.


We then heat a big pot of water...
pour over the sorrel fruit to steep overnight...
with some cloves and cinnamon sticks;


giving us this beautiful cranberry pink...
and tastes like something with cranberry, apple...
and a hint of cherry in it.


Our favorite way of sweetening it...
is with raw sugar cane juice, squeezed fresh.


I'd like to present a glass of sorrel to all my followers...
to all those who visit...
and to all those who leave comments.
If you do all three, here's a triple glass to you!
Thank you so much for your visits.

May your day, or night, be filled with sweetness of the Lord.

5 comments :

  1. Oh that looks wonderful! We have wood sorrel here at my house grows pretty yellow flowers. Enjoy your pretty red sorrel drink ~Love Heather

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  2. Thank you for sharing your sorrel, it's so beautiful! I've never heard of it before, would love to know how it tastes.

    So glad you weren't gone for long. Internet issue resolved?

    Once again we have snow, my heart is longing for warmer days! Your pictures keep my heart happy during this dreary part of winter.

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  3. cheers!

    and that looks delicious......it doesn't grow well here in Illinois, unless in greenhouse conditions -

    what a beautiful saying at the end of your post - I loved that -

    xo+blessings,
    Anne Marie

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  4. Thankyou for your posts they are lovely

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  5. Yum! That looks and sounds delightfully delicious! I have heard of sorrel before, but you've made me want to go look it up! :)

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