Organic Hibiscus Flower PE 2/1

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Hibiscus Sabdariffa L.

  1. #Properties#

    Properties of Hibiscus Sabdariffa L.

    Belonging to the Malvaceae family, Hibiscus Sabdariffa L. is a rather robust annual plant originally grown in Africa. The species then adapted to subtropical and tropical areas, Western Indies to Central America to Asia; It is called Roselle in English or sorrel of Guinea.

    This variety of hibiscus, which produces edible calyxes rich in calcium, riboflavin and iron, is used as a dye, drink and food. This thirst quenching and refreshing drink is called Bissap in Africa. Dried or decoction calyxes are commonly used in the manufacture of juice and drinks by West African populations.

    Phytochemical studies demonstrate the richness and nutritional contributions of the hibiscus which contains: proteins, vitamins, polyphenols (source of flavonoids), pectins, amino acids, fibers and minerals. In its composition also enter organic acids, and anthocyanosides (source of antioxidants) which confers health properties to hibiscus. It thus reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels, decreases body temperature, stomach ache and sore throat.

    Its acidic gustative qualities make hibiscus a natural toning agent, but also a natural alternative to synthetic additives. Perfumed and colorful, hibiscus is suitable for many preparations, both solid and liquid. Its organoleptic properties make that the demand for this raw material has risen sharply, particularly regarding hibiscus flower powder: a CAGR of 6.1% of 2019 to 2025 is planned with Europe for the second largest market.

    Organic, natural and healthy, hibiscus is growing in agribusiness and represents an excellent nutraceutical ingredient.

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  2. #Species and parts used#

    Species and parts of the hibiscus used

    At Natural Origins, we select the Flowers of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa L., a shrub that can reach two meters high with deciduous leaves. Formed of five petals composing a corolla with a purple heart, the flowers of the hibiscus have yellow to red colour gradients. In the calyxes are the fruits containing the seeds.

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  3. #Origin & quality#

    Origin and quality of hibiscus

    Our raw material comes from the hibiscus flowers of two countries, Senegal and Egypt.

    At Natural Origins we are able to offer you this ingredient in different forms: extract of hibiscus, powder, whole flower or cut. Our hibiscus also exists specifically cut for the development of teas and infusions, as well as in Optifine powder dispersible form adapted to drinks. Our hibiscus references are mainly organic, in order to reproduce the best of the flower, and our Senegalese supply chain got the Fair for Life label.

    Our supply chains have allowed us for about ten years to find several terroirs, each its peculiarity of flowers, especially at the colour level. These multiple origins offer great harvests sent directly to Europe to be analysed before placing them on the market towards the end of spring.

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  4. #Country of origin#

    Country of origin of the hibiscus

    Senegal and Egypt

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  5. #Harvest period#

    Hibiscus harvest period

    Senegal: November to January
    Egypt: in early April

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  6. #Best availability period at Natural Origins#

    Optimum availability period of hibiscus at Natural Origins

    Senegal: March / April
    Egypt: August

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