Jamaica Flowers (Flores de Jamaica)

jamaica blossoms

About Jamaica

The jamaica 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.

Medicinal Uses

Jamaica flowers, as well as the leaves of the same plant are used medicinally In India, Africa and Mexico. Various infusions are used as a diuretic, cholerectic, febrifugal and hypotensive.

There have been animal studies that show that an extract made form the jamaica flowers decreased the absorption rate of alcohol and a similar concoction is used in Guatemala as a hangover remedy.

Additionally it is used as a lotion for sores and wounds.

Nutrition Information For Jamaica Flowers (Flores de Jamaica)

Serving Size
1 cup, without refuse
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 3mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A  0% Vitamin C  0%
Calcium  0% Iron  0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Buy And Store

Jamaica flowers can be purchased in most Mexican grocery stores and markets as well as health food stores. Select deep crimson color flowers and avoid the older faded flowers.

Store the flowers in a container with a tight fitting lid or a zip lock bag. Store in a cool, dry location for up to one year.

Sources And Credits

Morton, J. 1987. Roselle. p. 281–286. In: Fruits of warm climates.  Julia F. Morton, Miami, FL.

Rick Bayless - Authentic Mexican  


Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.