@lesliecole49 It is the sepals at the base of the flower collectively called the 'calyx' which encases the seed. The flower petals drop off and the calyx (rosella) grows. To use the rosella, the base is cut to remove the seeds that are contained in a capsule like an acorn. The red calyces are the edible part, crisp and tart tasting. The seed capsule is used in jam for pectin.
@lesliecole49 the edible 'rosella' fruit is from 'Hibiscus Sadbariffa'. Hibiscus rosasinensis has edible flowers used in salads and to make tea. Leaves also used to make a more astringent tea than the sweeter tea made from flowers. The Mallow Hibiscus mascheutos leaves/flowers are not so favoured as edible.
@humus1 I am not doing anything special with them. Virtually plant and forget. Seedlings were planted 29 weeks ago. First crop aprox end Feb was a bit sparse, I think bushes were suffering a bit with the heat and lack of rain. They seem to be enjoying the lower temps of autumn and definitely appreciating the rain
Rosella flowers and fruit. Already harvested first crop, with 2nd ready for picking and new flowers promising more fruit. First time I have had three crops, they do not seem fazed by the continuous dry weather, heat and humidity. #rosella #rosella-fruit #rosella-flower
Hibiscus sabdariffa. Rosella. Seedlings planted and taking in rain. Produces an abundance of long stems of attractive pink flowers which produce edible hips. All of the plant, is edible. Flowers and hips as a tea; leaves used like spinach; hips taste like pomegranate and can be used in salads, syrup for drinks, sauce for icecream or jam. I cook the fruit in syrup and freeze syrup with a hip as an ice cube to use as a pretty addition to a glass of champagne.🍹#rosella #rosella-fruit