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Old 04-11-2003, 10:30 PM
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Hoping someone here can identify this mystery drink!
Just got back from a Mexican restaurant, where I had my first taste of
chayote (quite a surprise, as my mouth was expecting potato!) Anyway,
my friend was drinking horchata, and suggested I try a different
drink, which sits before me now.
It's a bit darker than cranberry juice and sweet, with a tea-like
aftertaste. The girl at the counter didn't speak English, but a man
seated nearby said he thought it was made from flowers similar to
roses. Could it be hibiscus? It's driving me crazy not knowing.
Many thanks in advance!
- Chris
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Old 04-11-2003, 10:41 PM
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The girl at the counter didn't speak English, but a man
seated nearby said he thought it was made from flowers similar to
roses. Could it be hibiscus?


It is known as Rosa de Jamaica and, like cranberry juice, is widely prescribed
for bladder infections in Mexico and Central America. I can't remember if it's
made from dried blossoms or seed pods of some plant.

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Old 04-11-2003, 11:00 PM
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Chris wrote:

Hoping someone here can identify this mystery drink!
Just got back from a Mexican restaurant, where I had my first taste of
chayote (quite a surprise, as my mouth was expecting potato!) Anyway,
my friend was drinking horchata, and suggested I try a different
drink, which sits before me now.
It's a bit darker than cranberry juice and sweet, with a tea-like
aftertaste. The girl at the counter didn't speak English, but a man
seated nearby said he thought it was made from flowers similar to
roses. Could it be hibiscus? It's driving me crazy not knowing.
Many thanks in advance!
- Chris
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http://www.sudairy.com/mer/recipes.html




It's called jamaica (huh-MY-ka) and is
made from dried hibiscus of some variety.
You can buy the dried flowers in any Mexican
grocery store.

glroia p
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Old 04-11-2003, 11:50 PM
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Chris wrote:

Hoping someone here can identify this mystery drink!
Just got back from a Mexican restaurant, where I had my first taste of
chayote (quite a surprise, as my mouth was expecting potato!) Anyway,
my friend was drinking horchata, and suggested I try a different
drink, which sits before me now.
It's a bit darker than cranberry juice and sweet, with a tea-like
aftertaste. The girl at the counter didn't speak English, but a man
seated nearby said he thought it was made from flowers similar to
roses. Could it be hibiscus? It's driving me crazy not knowing.
Many thanks in advance!
- Chris
---
http://www.sudairy.com/mer/recipes.html



A type of hibiscus fruit, very similar to okra. Here's more info than
you ever wanted to know:
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/roselle.html

There's a discussion going on right now about using this plant to make
jelly in r.f.preserving.

Best regards,
Bob



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Old 05-11-2003, 01:04 AM
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Chris wrote:

Hoping someone here can identify this mystery drink!
Just got back from a Mexican restaurant, where I had my first taste of
chayote (quite a surprise, as my mouth was expecting potato!) Anyway,
my friend was drinking horchata, and suggested I try a different
drink, which sits before me now.
It's a bit darker than cranberry juice and sweet, with a tea-like
aftertaste. The girl at the counter didn't speak English, but a man
seated nearby said he thought it was made from flowers similar to
roses. Could it be hibiscus? It's driving me crazy not knowing.
Many thanks in advance!
- Chris
---
http://www.sudairy.com/mer/recipes.html


Sounds like jamaica, which I think is a form of hibiscus.


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