Deep red fleshy calyces that are used whole. Rich in vitamin C, they bring a touch of acidity and a crunch when added to sauces. Frequently used in Egypt to make a refreshing cold drink that aids digestion: for 4 people, infuse two tablespoons of hibiscus calyces for 5 to 15 minutes. They can also be used to make a hot hibiscus tea or syrup to flavour desserts and cocktails. Fried they mix well with onion and chili peppers for tacos and savoury tarts. Avoid using iron, copper or aluminium containers.
Coarsely ground calyces