Gongura leaves (Ambada Bhaji) are medium to large in size and are broad and pliable. The leaves are lobed with three to five serrated, finger-shaped leaflets. Gongura shrubs grow in a dense pattern reaching and average height of three feet. The red-purple stems with dark green foliage and trumpet-shaped flowers makes the plant look very vibrant. The flowers have five creamy yellow petals that fade to a deep maroon in the center. Smaller Gongura leaves offer a mild green and tangy flavor, whereas more mature specimens are robust and acrid. Warm temperatures also affect the taste of the leaf because the hotter it gets, the sourer the leaf will taste.
Other names: Asian Sour Leaf (Hibiscus), Florida Cranberry, Indian Sorrel, Jamaican Tea, Maple-Leaf Hibiscus, October Hibiscus, Red Sorrell, Roselle, Red Hibiscus Roselle, Hibiscus sabdariffa, Burmese Chin Baung.
Roselle flowers ( aka: flor de jamaica) are harvested to make a traditional caribbean bevarage / Jamaican sorrel drink. A refreshing sorrell punch traditionally served during Christmas holiday. Checkout our recipe on how to make sorrel drink, sorrel and ginger, sorrel drink.