If you did not have the opportunity to have this Jamaican favourite earlier in the year, then, you will likely not give up the opportunity of having it during the Yuletide season. Sorrel is a traditional drink of Jamaicans that is consumed particularly during the Christmas season. It is a light and refreshing drink that can be consumed with almost any meal. Further, it is very easy to prepare and you can add your choice of spices according to your liking. I simply love it. Try it nuh!
- 2 Cups of sorrel (more if you prefer).
- Pimento seeds.
- Water (depends on the amount of sorrel you use).
- Preferred Sweetener (to taste).
- Boil water in pot then turn off stove.
- Rinse and add sorrel.
- Add pimento seeds.
- Cover pot and allow sorrel to draw / steep/brew (until it cools down).
- Add your preferred sweetener.
- A little rum (optional).
- Serve and Enjoy!
- Chill it! for a more refreshing enjoyment.
(1) You can add the ginger to the boiling water or when the sorrel is being steeped. (2) As for the water, add enough to ensure that all the sorrel is covered. You can always add more after the steeping.
Jamaican sorrel (Roselle or Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a plant that is iconic to Jamaica’s landscape. Roselle is the fleshy young outer floral envelop of the sorrel plant which resembles cranberry in colour and is very acidic. While sorrel is used in products like Jams, wines and sauces, its popularity in Jamaica has been as a drink, predominantly at Christmas time. But, are there any health benefits?
According to research, sorrel possesses antioxidant properties and is very high in vitamins and minerals. It is said to contain vitamins such as A, C, E and B6 and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. Its antioxidant properties are purported to be anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and could promote eye health and relieve constipation.
NB: Jamaican sorrel (roselle) is not to be confused with another member of its hibiscus family – Rumex acetosa, which is also called sorrel. Rumex acetosa is a green leafy herb which resembles spinach and is typically use in salads and other cuisines.
To good health!
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