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Dried Rosellas

Back in February, we were given a huge bag of Rosella to make some Rosella jam with. That never happened. The bag sat on the kitchen bench and was becoming an eye sore.

My bag of Rosellas 

So one day, while I was cooking dinner. I thought I try making some Rosella Tea.

I have had the hibiscus and rose-hip teas in the tea bags, and i really liked those cold with some ice or with a cold lemonade soft drink. But I had never had Rosella ( I now know that Rosella is a type of hibiscus but I didn’t know at the time).

So I stood at the kitchen bench, while keeping an eye on the steak, peeling the calyxes  from the seed pod. I was only just do enough for 1 tea, but ended up doing the whole bag. So it took me a good couple of hours to do in between cooking dinner, eating dinner and cleaning up after dinner.

I didn’t have enough trays to dry the whole lot so I filled one tray with the Rosella and zip-locked bagged the rest and put them in the freezer for when I had time to dry them.

Drying the Rosellas 

I don’t own a dehydrator. But I prefer to do it the natural way.  I placed them on a baking tray with baking paper on it and I let it sit on my craft desk for about a week. Once completely dried I store them in a clean glass jar (mine was an empty but clean and sterilized moccona jar).

Today I finally felt like a Rosella Tea.  I looked at a few recipes. It was pretty simple. Rosella, sugar and water and bring to the boil. But I didn’t want to boil the whole batch. I wanted to enough for one cup maybe 2 cups.

I just grabbed the few ingredients I needed and made a tea. And I made enough to 2 cups.

Simmering the Rosellas 

I did have to wait for it to be cooled after I strained it before I could pour myself a glass.

Waiting for it to cool down. 

While I wait, here is my recipe:

My simple Rosella tea for 2.

1 1/2 cups of dried rosellas
1/4 cup of sugar ( I added an extra 2 teapsoons of sugar get it to my liking)
2 cups of water

Add all ingredients into a pot and boil on a medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stir occasionally.

Strain the contents into a jug and let cool.

Pour into glasses. Add ice or lemonade. Or extra sugar if needed

And enjoy!

Here we go, my Rosella tea.

I ended up adding some ice to this to make it more cooler. I love it and I think I’ll be making more of this.

Mmmm yummy!


I am off to dry some more Rosellas!






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