Hibiscus, also called locally as (Karkadeh), is a plant grown on commercial scale in Sudan. In countries neighboring Sudan, the infusion of the flower is called "Sudanese" tea.
Hibiscus sabdariffa ,referred to as Rosella or the Rosella fruit is one of the many species of Hibiscus, the genus that comes from the Malvaceae family. It is native to Africa and some parts of Asia. The world best roselle comes from Sudan.
The flower of the plant is pale yellow with a red color at the base of each petal. The plant produces dried leaves which look like dried roses and are red in color.. It has a pleasant odor and a bittersweet taste when its dried flowers are soaked in water and consumed as a beverage.
Hibiscus is known for the juice produced from its leaves . However, it has a lot of benefits such as reducing cholesterol level, relieving coughs and sore throats, helping against chronic constipation since it acts as a mild laxative and stopping heartburn. It also contains vitamins, fruit acids, amino acids and bioflavonoids. In alternative medicine, the plant is used for treating cardiac and nerve diseases. It is also a natural diuretic in the sense that it elevates the rate of urination and this is crucial in treating liver cirrhosis, hypertension and a number of kidney diseases.