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Other names: Hibiscus flowers, roselle, Jamaica sorrel
Spanish name: Jamaica

Although referred to as "jamaica flowers" these are actually hibiscus calyxes (the cover over the blossoms before they open). The flowers are used in Mexico for a tangy deep red "cooler" called Aqua de Jamaica. Other names for the "jamaica flowers" include "hibiscus flowers", "roselle" and "Jamaica sorrel". In Mexican grocery stores the common terms are either "jamaica" or " flores de jamaica". The plant is native from India to Malaysia and is now widely grown throughout the tropics and subtropics. (see Read More for full article)
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