According to the Wikipedia, the roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a species of Hibiscus native to the Old World tropics, used for the production of bast fibre and as an infusion. The flower of this plant is popular as a drink and jam in Malaysia. George found the roselle juice during his first trip to Malaysia last July and now is one of his favourite drinks. The first roselle drinks he ever tasted was during his first trip to Central Market. He was due to go back to Canada in a few days’ time after our wedding and we were spending the days knowing that we would not see each other again for the next few months.
The cafe was on the ground floor of Central Market called Tea House. It was hot and humid outside and the cafe was pretty empty. I wanted my caffein fix and he wanted something chilled.
When I was in my teens, my dad who was teaching in Sek Ren Ulu Gali a rural primary school was busy with his weekend school project planting roselle plants. He even planted a few in our court yard too much to the dismay of my mom who thought the plant was ugly and weird. He used the flowers to make the most amazing tasting jams and even drinks. My dad loved baking. He liked adding fruits into his cakes and he experimented with roselle bits. It wasnt something that I would ask him to bake again but it sure was different.
Funny how a simple flower like this could bring back some really good memories of the two men that I love.