Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Roselle juice - 洛神花茶, anti-aging?

Recently, there is a ‘berries’ trend in town, cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberries and etc... It claims that having berries are good as they are contains high level of antioxidants, such like anthocyanins. There is laboratory-based evidence was provided anthocyanins are potential health effects against cancer, diabetes, and aging.

Wow, against aging! but berries are seasonal fruit and quite expensive when they aren’t in season. So, today we are going to use the substitute fruit – Roselle 洛神花

Roselle calyces are harvested fresh to produce pro-health drink due to high contents of vitamin C and anthocyanins. It is often served chilled. The drink is one of several inexpensive beverages and commonly consumed in Singapore.

It is easy to prepare
fresh Roselle 200gm, (is available at wet market, or you can use dried roselle)
rock sugar according to preference

1. Soak for a while and wash it thoroughly.
2. Take out the seed.
3. Boiling it with the water for 8 to 10 minutes (or until the water turns red), then add rock sugar.
4. Served it in chilled

It also tastes good when mixed with mint leaves, lemon juice, or various fruit flavors.

This drink is particularly good for people who have a tendency, temporary or otherwise, toward water retention: it is a mild diuretic.


  1. I have never heard about these fruits, very interesting post

  2. It's the first time I've heard about this fruit. Where can you get it? It looks really good!

  3. Ha ha, I thought is a common fruit. you can check out for more information through this wedsite too

  4. Yes, Hibiscus tea is what we commonly know it as. Plus we usually refer to it as a flower and not a fruit.

    Goes to show how food is really universal and we just sometimes use different words/terms to describe it.

    Thanks for the interesting article.