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Malvaceae, Hibiscus acetosella, cranberry hibiscus

March 30, 2008

Also known as ‘False Roselle’, this species, related to tree cotton, bele, and saril, has striking edible red leaves similar in shape and color to some species of Japanese maple. Cranberry hibiscus is nematode and insect resistant and does well in sandy soil. The leaves can be eaten raw and have a somewhat tangy yet agreeable flavor, similar to sorel. The pink blossoms can be blended with citrus juice and sugar to make a brightly colored beverage. I use cranberry hibiscus primarily in mixed green salads, 10 -15 percent.The leaves do contain oxalic acid, thus should not be consumed regularly in massive quantities.

Cranberry hibiscus can be propagated from either seeds or cuttings. Seedling plants tend to live longer and be more productive.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2008 10:08:39 pm

    aloha, i am looking to order this cranberry hibiscus and wonder if you may know of a place that sells this plant. thank you, aloha

  2. Kathy permalink
    September 29, 2008 10:08:17 pm

    Do you live in Hawaii? Oahu to be exact? If so, contact me I know where you can get the plant on Oahu. Aloha

  3. John permalink
    October 2, 2009 10:08:53 pm

    Echo Global Farm near Ft Myers FL seels the seeds for cranberry hibiscus. Our daughter gave us a plant she started from seed this year and it is now about 2 feet tall. A beautiful deep red plant. Not hardy, so we plan to take it from IN to our winter home in FL.

  4. November 2, 2009 10:08:02 pm

    Cuttings of this delicious edible are available in Uvita, Costa Rica on the southern Pacific coast at Fundacion Cascada Verde.

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