Treasures All Around {Fresh Roselle/Hibiscus from the Market}

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Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Here in Atlanta we finally got some relief from the heat for a lovely taste of Autumn. This is my favorite time of year, so hopefully the nice weather sticks around for a while for us to enjoy. It makes getting outside for all different activities much more fun!

My weekend kicked off as usual with time playing with my little niece on Friday afternoon. My goodness, that never gets old. If she has half as much fun with me as I have with her then I'm doing alright as an auntie. I think it is amazing to spend time with children as they teach us as many lessons as we teach them. Or perhaps it is more re-learning those things we forget about as we age. I know my imagination sure gets a workout when we play! This week the highlight was looking for "treasures" while we were outside in the afternoon. We followed the trail of golden leaves to find all kinds of stones, acorns, and the like. I'm sure my sister was excited to see our collection we brought back to the house, haha!

My heart absolutely melted when we were playing hide and seek with other "treasures" inside the house later on, though. She and I were hiding our eyes while my mom hid her Paw Patrol figures for us to search for. We were sitting on the couch with our faces close together when she looked at me and said, "Aunt Katie, I love you." Then she proceeded to give me a kiss. Doesn't really get much better than that.


Once Saturday morning rolls around, it's time to hunt for my own treasures at the farmers market! I missed last week since I was running in a local race, so this week I definitely didn't want to miss out. Next week they aren't holding the market either since there is a big festival on the Marietta Square. So rude of them to interrupt my weekend routine. ;)


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Anyway, I was so excited to get my hands on the stunning Roselle that Pinewood Springs Farm had been sharing about on their social media! Roselle is a variety of hibiscus (which is apparently known by many names depending on what part of the world you call home). I have had hibiscus tea before, but I had never seen the plant fresh and whole. Obviously I couldn't pass up buying some to bring home.

Besides just being so gorgeous to look at, it is also a really wonderful item to promote natural health. Any edible plant that is that rich in color is usually packed with antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. My family has a few members who have issues with high blood pressure, so I had read up on hibiscus tea in the past as one of the natural remedies for helping aid in its reduction. Upon further investigation there are some sources that link consumption to better cholesterol levels, liver health and possible weight control. The vibrant color is also excellent to use as a natural food coloring instead of using harmful dyes. As with any potent natural remedy, make sure to consult your doctor before consuming if you are pregnant or take any medication as there can be interactions.

There seems to be a number of ways to prepare the Roselle for consumption, but most of them include drying the outer leaves of the calyx before using. I thought it might be a daunting task, but it turned out to be a nice little meditative moment in my Sunday. They peel off of the inner pod quite easily. I am borrowing a dehydrator for my apples right now anyway, so these will go in next to pull out the moisture to use later on. Tea is definitely on the list, but I am looking at some other fun ways to incorporate the dried leaves, as well. I have been doing some longer runs with a friend as she trains for a half marathon, so I am thinking these beauties will be great to assist in my body recovering from the stress of increased activity!


Inner seed pod.

We may let the pods dry out to see if we can save the seeds for planting in our own garden next year. It never hurts to try! The flowers are lovely to look at by themselves, and it's always nice to give the bees something else to enjoy, as well. I'll keep you all posted once I start putting this to use!

I think I missed the boat on the last @naturalmedicine contest to share your favorite preventative medicine, but when thinking about it one of my methods to staying healthy is to always learn and be open to trying new things. There are so many healing plants out there, that I could spend the rest of my life reading and studying without even scratching the surface. I love having such awesome local farmers that let me get to experience some of these items first hand like this. Of course consuming these awesome items is healing in itself, but keeping my mind sharp is a great way to prevent the natural decline as we age. Looking at the world with the joy of a child is a great way to stay young and vibrant!

I hope you all never get tired of me sharing my fun finds at the farmers market, because it is one of my favorite things to write about. I sometimes wish that I had more time to experiment and explore, but perhaps what I get now is just enough to keep the passion alive and let me really appreciate what I have. I know all my #fruitsandveggiesmonday family is right there with me, so thank you all for never getting sick of my latest gratuitous market post! Cheers to discovering many more beautiful plants in the weeks, months and years ahead!



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We love roselle drink over here but slightlu expensive so it is not our usual beverage. The pods look adorable. Pleasant. Nature has a lot of beauty in it❤️ thank you sharing with us.

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Nature really contains the most beautiful things! It can be a little pricey over here, as well. Which makes me think I don't even know what I paid for these. I was so excited just to get them. 😂 Hopefully we can cultivate our own bush then it will be really affordable.

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I wrote about how to make Roselle jams using the calyxes and the pods. It's pretty easy and yummy, tasted like strawberry jam.

Here's the link if you are interested. Enjoy your Roselle!

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Thank you for sharing that! Now I remember being so in awe when you posted that. Makes me even more excited I found some to use myself. I'm keeping that jam bookmarked for sure. 😊

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So glad you are able to get them over there! Have fun exploring!

I think I can pick your pictures now without knowing you posted it. “I think.” Your consistency with the hand placement gives me an edge. “I think.”

Alright, Plants, hold my hand. What’s steempress?

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You know when I was younger my grandma swore I should have been a hand model. 😂 She's probably hanging out with her angel buddies saying "I told her so." Nice to know I still got it. 😜

Steempress= a plug-in for WordPress where you can automatically cross-post to Steem. I've been trying to be more consistent posting on my website that I pay to have, so this has been a great option to use to make it easy peasy. They take a small cut of the post, but usually I'm getting a solid upvote to even it out. Took a little bit to get used to, but I'm in a pretty good groove of using it now!

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Gotcha. You have to be a website haver. Thank you. 👍🏿

Awwww what a sweet moment you had :) and those are an interesting fruit I dont think I have ever tried them

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Definitely a memory to share and note down so I never forget. Even when she's a sassy teenager. 😉 Another winner of a farmers market find!

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For sure a moment never to be forgotten, you find such cool things at your farmers market :)

No, you didn't miss the boat - I will include it! Plus, I'm adding it to my #treasurefinds list to win 50 Steem when I hit 50 treasure finds posts!! Love it. Love your excitement over this too!! You are a girl after my own heart.

I'm so excited to get out the dehydrator when it's harvest time all around!!! I'm not sure I'd be lucky enough here to find fresh hibiscus though - that's sooo cool!!

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Oh yay! I totally thought I missed the deadline, but loved the topic as usual. I've been trying to catch up on the entries because they're all so great. I had forgotten about your treasure finds, too! Definitely hit the nail on the head for that one. 😂

It's the little things that make all the difference. Focusing on the small joys in life goes a long way in dealing with everything else. Makes it even more awesome to have a little human to share those moments with. I'm hoping some day she'll get just as excited about fruits and veggies as I do, haha!

I might just think about investing in my own dehydrator soon. It's coming in awfully handy right now. I think these are almost done...

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I held off for ages on dehydrator but its really worth it!!!! Even if it stays in cupboard til harvest time, its well worth money.

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That was such a beautiful reading Katie! I can totally relate to all that fun you have with your niece, but that moment she told you she loves you was really heart touching. That is truly special one to remember 💖

On the other hand, I just love that beautiful Hibiscus. I remember someone posted here on FAVM before, but don't remember the details. Truly gorgeous and full of healing powers. It;s been a while since I had the tea, but now I am going t get it. I like the one the one mixed with dried berries. They have them in Polish Plaza. Altough, you can make it yourself, if you like.

Anyway, this post is worthy of few AWARDS, so here they are!!!
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Wasn't that the sweetest thing? I think she's starting to understand what it means to say it, so it makes it that much more special when she tells you out of the blue! I know you adore time with the boys just as much.

I have this lovely hibiscus dehydrating as I type! I'm a bit behind on my normal meal prepping for the week, but I'll get to it eventually, haha. Sometimes the fun stuff takes priority. ;)

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I think that is the sweetest that a person can experience in a lifetime. For now I am just happy if I get a hug 😍

Enjoy the fun part to the fullest Katie!

Gorgeous!!! I have only seen the dried version, thanks for sharing 💜

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Me too! I love these farmers that had it. They are so awesome about trying unique plants. I think they are doing quite well with local restaurants because of it. I'm just happy when they have enough to bring to the market for me to try, as well. 😊

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It's amazing!!! So great to be able to draw from the local plant flora!

Love seeing new things and so tasty when it's so fresh!

What a special moment with your niece. Gotta love kids - so in the moment so sad that we tend to lose that gift as we grow up.

Hibiscus and okra - aren't they the same family?

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Very much in the moment she is. I'll deal with the hot temper on occasion when it also comes out in this way at other times. 😊

Looks like they are indeed in the same family! Makes sense that it would grow well here since okra is so prolific.

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I grew roselike a few years back but mine had smaller calyx - those look really fat! I buy them dried by the kilo to have enough to make lots of Jamaica tea with - a favourite of mine!
Thanks for such a great post x

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These are deliciously plump! I'll have to keep an eye out for it dried in bulk once my little stash gets used. Definitely a better option than expensive tea bags. 😄

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We love Roselle and it's so easy to plant it here, once it starting to blossom, it produced the fruits non-stop!

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Such lovely plants, too. I bet they're nice to have around to enjoy the blooming process along with the taste of the fruit. 🌺

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Those look like they will be quite delicious. I like putting those into tea when I find them..

Indeed a treasure. Never seen it before, but they look lovely.
This would be a nice tea for a cold season, caffeine free. Thank you for introducing it.

     I saw this and instantly though of my Jamaican friends in College Park that introduced me to this plant. I don't know why the Jamaicans call it sorrel, but they love it. Even in Cambodia, in the countryside it's sold as "Jamaica Flower. I have spent some time at DeKalb County Farmers Market.

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Oh cool! I didn't realize you had spent some time in my neck of the woods. :) I still haven't made it over to the Dekalb market yet. It's on my list to go, but I just don't often make it to that side of town. I've been to Buford Highway at least. Lots of fun stuff there, as well. :) I have a co-worker from Grenade and he said he knows it as sorrel, too.

Oh I bet the tea is amazing. You're right they are beautiful. How dare they throw a festival and interrupt your routine 😋

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Haha, I know, right? So inconsiderate. ;)

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You will have write a review on your tea 😁 Better yet a dTube video showing everyone how you made and showing you enjoying it.

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There is so much warmth in this post, so much that is important towards achieving overall well being. From the moments you have with your niece, allowing yourself to play again and they love you share for one another. And then to sharing the wonderful Roselle plant with us and the joy you had in finding it. I do love hibiscus tea and so true that those plants rich in colour are full of antioxidants, nature communicates with us in such wonderful ways. Thanks so much for this heartwarming and informative post xx

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Thanks so much @trucklife-family! Always nice when the sentiment I feel comes through for everyone else. I hold these moments dear, and will keep that sentiment with me as I enjoy my lovely tea. 💚

Such a loveable story about you niece aunty Katie.
I have never seen these Roselle's before and I doubt that we have them here.
My high numbers in blood pressure and cholesterol counts are also family issues, but we try our best to control it. Of course the doctors (7 of them that we have seen) each prescribed a different daily pill for me, I feel like a walking chemist. But life goes on.
Blessings!

So happy to hear that you have such beautiful relationship with your niece. My niece is 2 years old and she started to speak as well but now she's in the NO phase.. whatever you say, you get a big fat NO :D It's so funny!

I have never seen a hibiscus. It's not available here. Of course we have dried hibiscus for tea but I've never seen the 'real' thing :)

Thank you for showing it to me and I hope you'll have a lot of fun with consuming it :)