Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Harvesting my First Batch of Homegrown Roselle

Still remember my post about the Roselle (scientific name, Hibiscus Sabdariffa) fruits that I bought from the market to make drinks? Well, I planted some of seeds in my garden and I harvested my first homegrown roselle fruits today. Although I managed to collect only 11 mature fruits, there are still lots of smaller ones on the trees. The roselle has pretty pink colour flowers and the fruits would form when the flowers drop off. Some of the earlier fruits dropped before reaching maturity so I boosted up the soil with some plant nutrients and managed to overcome this problem. I didn’t use any insecticide so I guess my roselle is healthier compared to the ones sold at the market. The stem of the trees are too soft to support the weight of the fruits and some of them bent during a heavy downpour yesterday. Luckily the stems were not broken and tied them up to my fence for support. Therefore, I quickly plucked all the matured fruits today! The eleven fruits I collected were enough to make around 6 glasses of tasty roselle drink. Cheers!

29 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Maybe some roselle syrup?

manglish said...

ehhh is it easy to make the drink? like other fruits?

Verone said...

only 11 to make 6 glasses? Wow, I thought you need a basket or something to make a jug :-)

suituapui said...

They say it's good for health. By the way, your photos seem nicer in this post? Bought new camera kah?

cleffairy said...

Goshhh~ Roselle drink! I Like... gimme some...

Mei Teng said...

Roselle drink is nice. Tastes like ribena.

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Envy u, can do planting in your garden, i stay in HDB, so no garden to do planting...

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra said...

Hey Pete, hw good is tat.
I did hear of tat rosella was used in drinks...but now I beleive de hearsay.

reanaclaire said...

eh..how does it taste like? never drank that before..

Suhaina said...

wow.. u are greatt Pete. homegrown roselle...one more WOW.

xin said...

how to cook roselle? just boil it?

Pete said...

Angie : Nice red syrup!

Manglish : Real easy, just boil in water.

Verone : 1 basket can make 2 bottles of concentrate....

STP : Old camera, Outdoor, sunlight so photos clearer lah....LOL!

Cleff : Pass u some when I harvest more!

Mei Teng : My kids love the drink!


Sharon : Lots of work to do...planting....LOL!

Chetana : This hibiscus family flower make nice tasty drinks

Claire : Sourish like ribena

Suhaina : Homegrown, free from pesticides....LOL!

Xin : Remove the seeds and boil it with rock sugar....nice!

mNhL said...

wow...sure sweeter because harvest with your sweat and energy. hehe.. Sure feel very satisfied ya.

Pete said...

mNhl : Agree, taste sweeter! LOL!

tuti said...

i scared sour, but with rock sugar i think should be ok for my taste buds. :P

iamthewitch said...

OMG! You actually planted them??? How long did it take for you to get the flowers? I'm so jealous! They're pretty!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

homegrown roselle, look healthy and good.

smallkucing said...

ooo it looks like this ah? You got green fingers. saves a lot. No need to buy

Merryn said...

reminds me of the time i first savour roselle juice in my mom's place.. yum :)

wenn said...

must be nice to drink.

Mummy Moon said...

Is this roselle easy to grow? My Mil knows how to cook it into yummy drinks. But I am not too fancy on it :P

MaryMoh said...

I remember we planted lots of this when we were young. We made into drinks and jam....very delicious. Wish I can plant some here!

cleffairy said...

You say wan ah... pass me some... dun anyhow promise ah... I will really hunt you wan. LOL...let me kno when you're around Setapak. LOL...

Little Kit Boy said...

As what smallkucing says..green fingers. I think you can start planting more things like veggies, fruits and we all can come to get fresh FREE veggies. hehehheheh :P

penny aka jeroxie said...

how lucky!! They make great great jam and chutney.

[SK] said...

oh that's cool!! so you can make your own roselle juice~~ :)

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

eeeee my home oso have!! my mom will make drinks for us! yums!

fufu said...

roselle drink?? i wanna try =p

PFx said...

I wonder... is this similar to the Rose flower family?
I heard certain rose, if not prepared properly can cause itchy bum when ingested. :)
It's great that you are enjoying the great little things of life... growing things.

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