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Hibiscus Fruit Products

Roselle/Hibiscus Hibiscus fruit or roselle is native from India and is commonly cultivated in Malaysia. It thrives well in the tropical and subtropical regions of both hemispheres. China and Thailand are the largest producers of this fruit. It is an annual or perennial herb growing about 7-8 ft tall. The leaves are three- to five-lobed, arranged alternately on the stems. The flowers are white to pale yellow with a dark red spot at the base of each petal, and have a stout fleshy calyx at the base. The fruit takes about six months to mature and gets fleshy and bright red with increase in maturity. Hibiscus calyx can be used in sauces, fruit juices, herbal teas, syrup, jam, marmalade, relish, chutney or jelly. When the fruit is pureed and mixed with sugar it is almost indistinguishable from cranberry sauce in appearance. Roselle sauce or syrup can be added to pudding, cake frosting, gingerbread, pancakes, waffles and ice cream. The fruit can be used to make jams and jellies. The fruit has natural pectin and, in some countries it is a recommended source of pectin for the fruit-preserving industry. It pairs well with wine.

Hibiscus Juice is prepared from carefully selected fruits. Hibiscus Juice can be used in various product formulations and can be used as a natural color. Hibiscus Juice is processed under HACCP guidelines in a plant which complies with good manufacturing practices.

Hibiscus Puree is prepared from carefully selected fruits that are analyzed for color appearance and flavor. Premium quality fruits are washed, deseeded and the extracted pulp is pasteurized and frozen. Hibiscus puree can be used in various juice applications, smoothies, jams , jellies, ice-creams and sorbets. The hibiscus puree is processed under good manufacturing practices and is free of any additives or preservatives. The Thai manufacturing facility is Kosher certified and the product is manufactured under a certified quality control system and HACCP regulations. Frozen hibiscus puree is packed in 40 lb pails.

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