Sunday, August 26, 2012


SORREL is a new plant to me.  What caught my eye in an interesting comprehensive article on local production, was the herbal medicine aspects.  I looked for it yesterday in the local market but did not see any.  I'm unfamiliar with it.

  Mary Susan Loan of Cristo Rey in the foothills of the Belize Alps wrote a very nice article on SORREL for the Ag Report magazine, a quarterly.  It is in the May-June Issue No. 17.  I believe it can be found online.

  Sorrel is rich in antioxidents, vitamins, has 18 out of 25 amino acidS. Mild laxative, helpful for nervous disorders, and excellent for liver, bladder and kidney problems.  An excellent proven record of lowering blood pressure.  An immune booster ( as antioxidants for sure ), blood cleaner of dead cell accumulated garbage, fights cancer well.  All the parts of the SORREL plant are useful.

  Soon as I see some, we are going to start using it at home.  Usually sells for $2 bz a pound in season.


Ray, sorrel is also called roselle, which is a form of hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) – it contains more vitamin C than oranges and is great for urinary tract infections.  It also inhibits the uptake of alcohol into your blood stream.  Plus, it tastes great – and if you put sugar in it, it makes a nice mixer for vodka or white rum.  I used to be able to buy a tea in Placencia that was a combination of rose hips and sorrel and if I felt a cold coming on, I would drink that tea straight for a couple of days and it would kick out the cold.  Unfortunately, I can’t find the tea anymore here – it was a staple for the last 14 years, and then all of a sudden it’s gone.
By the way, it’s also called Jamaica, wanjo in the Gambia, zobo in Nigeria, karkaday in Egypt, and the Sudan, and omutete in Namibia.

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