Roselle may be used raw, dried or juiced. The fruit's tart flavor requires a sweetener of some kind, and it is successfully used like a cranberry in recipes for jam, jelly, chutney and even wine.
Barrel Cactus Fruit
The fruit of the Barrel cactus is best prepared in sweet applications, since its natural tartness lends itself well to a hint of sugar. Cook the fruit down with agave syrup to make a jam, jelly or a sweet and sour chutney.
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Blanch leaves; add to soups or rice. These tasty leaves are an ingredient in kusa mochi, a Japanese confectionery. To store, refrigerate in a sealed container.
In China, this plant is known as huang hua ai. In Japan it is called yomogi. In Korea, it is called ssuk or tarae ssuk and is closely related to Dangun Sinhwa, legend of Gojoseon, the first Korean kingdom. Popular in Korean cuisine, it is also used as a medicine. It is used for making tteok (rice cake); jeon, a Korean style pancake; and ssuk kimchi, ssukguk, a soup made with ssuk.
Asiatic wormwood is primarily found in the eastern part of Asia, such as the Korean Peninsula, Japan and Mongolia. It also grows in China's northeast, north, east, southwest, Shaanxi and Gansu regions. Prolific and easy to naturalize and adapt, it grows wild in roadside grass. Moist fertile soil is its favorite home.