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HIBISCUS FLOWERS







HIBISCUS FLOWERS
Category: AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT
Description:
is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known as hibiscus, sorrel, and flor de Jamaica, or less widely known as rosemallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees. The generic name is derived from the Greek word βίσκος (hibískos), which was the name Pedanius Dioscorides (ca. 40-90) gave to Althaea officinalis.
Description
The leaves are alternate, ovate to lanceolate, often with a toothed or lobed margin. The flowers are large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, color from white to pink, red, orange, purple or yellow, and from 4–18 cm broad. Flower color in certain species, such as H. mutabilis and H. tiliaceus, changes with age. The fruit is a dry five-lobed capsule, containing several seeds in each lobe, which are released when the capsule dehisces. Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) belongs to the family Malvacea. It is an annual herb cultivated for its leaves, stem, seed and calyces. The crop is native to India but was introduced to other parts of the world such as Central America, West Indies and Africa. It is best grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Hibiscus is popularly called Zobo in Nigeria. The Nigerian hibiscus punch is made from an infusion of dried hibiscus calyxes which form at the base of flowers as they mature, this red calyxes are frequently used as a natural food colouring also make a delicious herbal punch which can be taken hot or cold.
China and Thailand are the largest producers and control much of the world supply. Thailand invested heavily in roselle production and their product is of superior quality, whereas China's product, with less stringent quality control practices, is less reliable and reputable. The world's best roselle comes from the Sudan, but the quantity is low and poor processing hampers quality.
Harvest: Hibiscus sabdariffa is harvested from late December onwards. The harvest is timed according to the ripeness of the seed. The fleshy calyces are harvested after the flower has dropped but before the seedpod has dried and opened. The more time the capsule remains on the plant after the seeds begin to ripen, the more susceptible the calyx is to sores, sun cracking, and general deterioration in quality.
Locations: Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) is widely grown in the tropics and its cultivation in Nigeria is highly concentrated in the North Eastern and Middle- belt regions of the country

SpecificationsFeatures          Percentage
Moisture         5%
Total Ash        10% max
Acid Insoluble Ash    1.50% max
Broken Sticks 5% max
Foreign matter           2% max
Salmonella     Negative


Uses: Hibiscus is used in numerous products there including herbal teas, herbal medicines, syrups and food coloring. It’s also used in ready to serve beverages made by Knudson, Whole Foods and other food and beverage manufacturers.
We can offer Hibiscus flowers for you. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact our office for more information, and at the same time we hope to set up a long-term business relationship with your esteemed company in the very near future
MEANS OF PAYMENT FOR HIBISCUS FLOWERS
We accept 2 means of payment for this product internationally and they are :
1.       L/C
2.      T/T

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