What is Sorrel?

The origin of sorrel origin is traced back to West Africa and is a species of the hibiscus family. The plant is better grown in the spring, and can be harvested at the beginning of winter. The leaves of the sorrel plant has a prominent flavor and is high in oxalic acid, which gives it a bitter taste comparable with kale and spinach. The flower bud of the sorrel is bright red in color (similar to cranberries) and stains.

Sorrel is used to make the favorite drink of Jamaicans at Christmas time. The drink is made from the sorrel flower bud whether freshly picked or dried. The bud seeped in hot water and crushed ginger for 24 hours, strained and then sweetened with rum, strawberry syrup and sugar, and topped with pimento. It is often paired with the Jamaican black/ rum cake. The drink can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a year.

Sorrel is filled with vitamins A and C, which are good for the immune system.

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