Hibiscus or sorrel will be the greatest flavor of 2022

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It all started last month when I noticed the New York Times featured a recipe from Nigerian food stylist and writer Yewande Komolafe for Hibiscus-Spiraled Ginger Cookies. Hibiscus? Spiral? I was intrigued to learn that the ruby ​​red bulbs, which I know as a person from the Caribbean as ‘sorrel’ and which I associate with sour drinks and teas, could emerge as a key ingredient. in a shortbread cookie. I was soon to learn that the tangy flavor of my all-time favorite spicy Christmas drink was named one of Whole Food’s top ten food trends for 2022.

Hibiscus sabdariffa, otherwise known as agua de Jamaica, Florida cranberry, roselle or sorrel as it is called in the Caribbean, dates back to 4000 BC in Sudan. The calyx of the hibiscus plant and the key ingredient used in foods and drinks is rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants such as anthocyanins. Other parts of the plant that can be used include the seeds, leaves, fruits, and roots.

Here are some of the places you can expect to encounter the trendy hibiscus or sorrel flavor over the coming year:

Beverages

Most of us are familiar with the acidity and distinct hue of Mexican hibiscus teas, juices or aguas frescas, but this year beverage makers will be broadening their bright red horizons with ciders, sodas and waters. flavored, as more and more consumers familiarize themselves with African infusions such as Nigerian Zobo or Egyptian Karkadeh. Whole Foods lists Golden State Cider Jamaica made with tropical hibiscus flowers, Whole Foods Market Organic Orange Hibiscus Italian Soda (coming 2022) and Ruby Hibiscus unsweetened water as some of its top picks. drinks for 2022.

Savory dishes

In his cookbook, titled Hibiscus, Nigerian Chef, Lopè Ariyo reveals how to prepare award-winning hibiscus chicken which led to his collection of hibiscus-influenced recipes; the hibiscus sauce is said to be what gives his chicken dish its signature flavor. Alternatively, the salmon pairs beautifully with a homemade garlic sorrel sauce, and hibiscus leaves or hibiscus flowers that have been left behind after steeping them for tea can also help give it a kick. whisk to salads.

Desserts and sweet treats

Restaurants even got creative with the flavor of sorrel or hibiscus, with rice milk hibiscus soft serve ice cream served at FieldTrip restaurant in Harlem New York and Hibiscus Cheesecake stealing the spotlight on the menu. of Matthew Kenney’s vegan restaurant ‘Adesse’ at Selfridges in London. Hibiscus spiral ginger cookies, like those featured in The New York Times, appear more frequently in homemade recipes and can be made with finely ground dried hibiscus. Mexican Style Hibiscus Flavored Popsicles or YoBucha Strawberry Hibiscus Kombucha Yogurt are sweet hibiscus treats that can be enjoyed at home.

Relish and spreads

Hibiscus is frequently found in jams and jellies as well as in marmalades, sauces and pickles. Hibiscus chutney, made with peppers and apple cider vinegar, is a great addition to a cheese plate or can be a tangy cranberry sauce alternative at a holiday table. Senegalese, Bacary Diatta makes Hibiscus Sabdariffa Kassumay fruit spreads, created from flowers grown in his native Senegal, containing hibiscus mixed with ginger, mango, moringa, blueberries and others. combined flavors.

Nutraceuticals and functional foods

The demand for nutraceuticals and functional foods and beverages that contain health benefits is on the rise. Vital Proteins Tropical Hibiscus Beauty Collagen is just one of many over-the-counter hibiscus nutraceuticals that can help improve hair, skin, and nail health. The hibiscus fruit and its extracts have also been used as a remedy for a wide range of ailments ranging from toothaches and urinary tract infections to colds, hangovers, in the treatment of high blood pressure, circulatory disturbances, loss of appetite, irritation of the stomach, heart and nervous diseases, pain and swelling of the upper respiratory tract (inflammation), fluid retention, to dissolve phlegm and as a diuretic.

Healthy, versatile, beautiful and delicious, it’s not a bad choice for a trendsetter for 2022.

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