The power of the Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus sabdariffa originates from tropical Africa but is grown around the world. It’s well suited to arid soil and dry climates which makes it ideal for cultivating in the Colombian Caribbean.

Uses and properties

The Hibiscus or Jamaica Flower can be used raw or dried, infusions using dried flowers can be served hot or cold, fresh flowers can be added to salads, sauces or desserts among other dishes. Due to its many beneficial attributes it is used in medicine, cosmetology and as a natural dye. The 100% efficiency of Hibiscus flowers in the treatment of high blood pressure has been well documented. It helps to lower “bad” cholesterol by up to 35% and triglycerides by up to 19%. It is rich in vitamins (A, C, B1 and E) and minerals such as iron, phosphorus and calcium. The Vitamin C found in Hibiscus flowers helps protect us from premature ageing.

And Envol Vert ? 

The Hibiscus flower has become an ally of Envol Vert programmes as it offers farmers an alternative source of revenue through the sale of flowers, notably during the dry season. The communities working with Envol Vert in Colombia grow Hibiscus flowers using ecological methods. Farmers clean their flowers which are then dried using solar driers ready to then be sold. Restaurants account for some sales of fresh flowers.     

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