It is so very nice to have kind and caring friends. It is a rarity nowadays to come across a genuine person. Although, a rarity of homegrown food should be a thing of the past and a way of wholesome life.
Yesterday, super fun, honest and sweet friend brought her own homegrown cranberry hibiscus for my family to try. I was quite surprised and amazed to taste a real flower brewed in the freshly boiled tea cup and not an old store-bought tea packet. The deep maroon color is spectacular, authentic and the taste is quite potent. Just a couple of brightly colored hibiscus flower leaves will do perfectly for a home-brewed cozy tea beverage.
Very grateful to have this dear person, who restores my faith in humanity; moreover grateful for being inspired to write this post. Because of the authentic lady friend, these beautiful edible flowers are being shared with the rest of my friends.
This Plant is a perennial shrub in the subtropics and tropics but can be grown as an annual in cooler climates. It grows rapidly to 1.7 m high with deeply cut leaves similar to Japanese maple. The leaf color of deep cranberry red is highly ornamental: the flowers are a small, very pretty, rose-pink hibiscus type. Cranberry hibiscus is a hardy plant that thrives when it is warm and wet. It prefers full sun but will grow in partial shade. It needs ample water, rich, fertile, well-drained soil that is kept mulched and a pH of 6.1-6.5.
Food: A very nutritious vegetable; the leaves are high in vitamins B3 (niacin), B2, A, and C. It is high in protein and an excellent source of antioxidants and anthocyanins. The young leaves are known for their pleasantly tart flavor, eaten either raw or cooked. As the leaves contain oxalic acid, cranberry hibiscus should not be eaten in large amounts – e.g. as the only raw green vegetable in a salad – or more than once a week. Cranberry hibiscus leaves retain their color after being cooked. Flowers are used to making teas or other drinks where they contribute color rather than taste. In Central America, the flowers are combined with ice, sugar, lemon, or lime juice and water to make a purple lemonade.
The vivid leaf color makes this a good choice as a background plant in ornamental beds. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, cranberry hibiscus grows quickly and requires spacing of 6 to 10 feet.
Hope you find this edible gardening information interesting.
Wishing you a colorful and friendly day,💫
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