The deep pink blossoms of the hibiscus plant are in all probability fairly acquainted to you. But have you ever ever tried cooking with these stunningly-colored petals? Yes, it’s edible – and it’s a lot greater than only a flower.

Actually, hibiscus isn’t actually a flower. It’s a complete genus of flowering vegetation, and inside that genus there are a lot of differing kinds. And whereas it’s usually considered pink or pink, the flowers can seem in many alternative hues. But in relation to edible hibiscus, it’s mostly the darkish shades of pink petals you’ll discover on retailer cabinets.

Likely of African origin, hibiscus or Jamaican sorrel, is a vital staple in West Indian and Mexican cooking. It’s bitter sufficient to make you pucker and tropical sufficient to evoke the islands. Popularly brewed as a tea, the dried petals play properly in savory or candy recipes, too. You can discover dried “flor de Jamaica” at specialty markets and tea outlets. While it’s attainable to eat the petals contemporary, dried tends to be the most typical option to work with this ingredient.

Before you dive into cooking with hibiscus, you’ll have to prep it by rinsing. To rinse, place it in a big bowl and canopy with scorching water. After 10 minutes, therapeutic massage to loosen any grit. Drain and rinse a number of occasions, till the water is evident of grit.

Hibiscus recipes

Hibiscus Empanadas

(Photo: Rob Fiocca)

Bite into these pastries and discover a burst of shade plus some smokiness from the chipotle peppers. Dip into crème fraîche and serve with a facet salad. Get the recipe right here.

Hibiscus Barbecue Sauce

Hibiscus Barbecue Sauce Recipe(Photo: Rob Fiocca)

This sauce is outlined by its good hue and its grill-friendly tang. Plus it’s sweetened with molasses and honey. Get the recipe right here.

Hibiscus Smoothie Bowl

Hibiscus Smoothie Bowl Recipe(Photo: Rob Fiocca)

The infinitely customizable smoothie bowl will get a radiant reboot with vitamin C-rich dried petals. Don’t skip the frozen banana, it lends creaminess and balances the tartness. Get the recipe.