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Thursday, May 7, 2009

rosella tea

Well it seems I could not bear to let my rosella's go to waste. How silly of me to even entertain the thought!
I decided gratefully instead to make tea with what they have provided me this season.... though jam is what I yearn to make with them eventually.

So yesterday with lots of help from little hands we set about plucking...

picking.....

peeling...
and drying those stunning fleshy red calyxes in the oven to make our tea.

It really is delicious and I could not stop at just two pieces in my cup.
Of course unlike me you could strain your tea but sometimes it's nice to enjoy your cup the rustic way, especially when it is homemade....you know?

15 comments:

Levin (and Emily) said...

it looks absolutely delicious. i've never heard of rosellas - apart from the birds.....
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x

Owl and Fox said...

those are stunning looking things...whatever they are! I learn so much from coming to this blog :) *off to look up rosella tea*

Tammy said...

I've not heard of rosellas either, but they sure are pretty. The color of the tea is just gorgeous!

Magic Cochin said...

Ooohhhh! Now I get what the 'Hisbiscus' is in the red coloured herbal tea blends. I love discovering new things :-)

Thank you for showing these Leanne

Celia

Mon said...

They're huge! They're just so beautiful just to look at.

Ooh, I would have gone for jam as well as tea. Yum.

Sabrina said...

That color is just divine! I love hibiscus tea and I can imagine the jam is quite tasty and beautiful too!

Molly said...

SO cool. I've never seen or heard of them. I wonder if they would grow out here in NY? That tea is a beautiful hue.

Megan: The Byron Life said...

That looks so rich and good... I walked straight past rosellas at the farmer's market the other day - never having used them before. Next time I will stop and buy some to try this tea.
x

Rest is not idleness said...

They make a lovely coloured, rich red tea, I think you can make a cordial from them as well. And I also wonder whether you could dye fabric with them as well. They are quite an exotic looking fruit.
Pip

Leanne said...

Yes Pip, I'd love to try the cordial too one day and they stain fingers just beautifully...funny because we were going to play with colouring fabric with some extras this weekend!

Bird Bath said...

so pretty! and tasty too I imagine...I have not tried it but it reminds me of the rosehip tea which I'm rather partial to.

The Magic Onions said...

This is fantastic! I've never seen or heard of Rosella... look at that lovely RED tea! Is it a fruit or flower! It's beautiful.

Nicole said...

How beautiful!

Lisa said...

Nope, haven't heard of it here as well. It really is a beautiful tea (and flower). We love it the rustic way as well when it comes from our own garden.

little red hen said...

I've bought them preserved in syrup in the gormet fruit an veg shop where my son works- but I put them in the bottom of my champagne glass. lovely! Are they easy to grow?