Culinary usesThe flavour of the flowers and buds is very mild. Flowers only last for one day but if they are to be used at night, they can be picked as they begin to unfurl in the morning, then stored in the refrigerator crisper and if taken out in the late afternoon, will open and stay fresh until well into the evening.
Australian Native Hibiscus Preserve
Petals only from 10 large hibiscus flowers
Detach petals from calyx and discard calyx. Chop petals finely and place in a very deep pyrex bowl. Cover petals with lemon juice and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Add boiling water and sugar and stir well. Cook 2 minutes then stir. Cook another 2 minutes, stir and then cook 2 minutes more. Let cool for about 1 hour. When cool, cook for 2 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 2 minutes and stir. Cook 2 minutes more and stir. Let cool slightly and pour into a sterilised jar. Refrigerate before using.
This recipe produces a rich red spread with the consistency of honey. It has a distinctive flavour and is delicious on toast or scones. Can be used as a glaze or diluted with white vinegar for sauces or marinades.
Australian Native Hibiscus Drink
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