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Hibiscus sabdariffa, or Roselle, is a shrub belonging to the Malvaceae family. In Iran, it is typically known as sour tea. In English-speaking countries, it is called Red Sorrel. Originally from Africa and now widely naturalized in tropical and subtropical regions of the world particularly in India and Southeast Asia. It is widely cultivated in Africa, Asia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific as a home garden crop. Apart from that, it is a major crop of export in Sudan especially in the western part where it occupies second place area wise after Pearl millet. It is actually a tropical annual that is also known as Florida Cranberry, Guinea Sorrel, Hibiscus, Indian Sorrel, Jamaican Sorrel, Jamaica tea flower, Java Jute, Jelly Okra, Karkadé, Natal Sorrel, Nubia tea, Pink Lemonade, Queensland Jelly Plant, Red Sorrel, Red Tea, Rosella, Roselle, Royal Roselle, Rozelle, Rozelle Hemp, Sorrel and Sour-Sour. Botanically named Hibiscus sabdariffa, it is a member of the Mallow family and displays the characteristic five petals, funnel-shaped flower. Many parts of roselle including seeds, leaves, fruits and roots are used in various foods. Among them, the fleshy red calyces are the most popular.
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