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.
Woolly Blue Curls Flowers
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Woolly Blue Curls are an evergreen shrub that is native to California. This shrub is recognizable for its violet and deep purple colored flowers that are formed in clusters with narrow stems and very long stamens. Woolly Blue Curls get their name from the tiny fibrous and white hairs that cover the flower buds and stem. Having similar foliage to the common rosemary, this shrub gives off a sweet, bubblegum like aroma.
Woolly Blue Curls can be found blooming at the start of the spring time and throughout the summer and early fall months.
A member of the Mint family, the Woolly Blue Curls are known scientifically as Trichostema lanatum. This plant species also has the common names "California Rosemary" and "American Wild Rosemary."
Woolly Blue Curl flowers have various medicinal properties specifically when the flowers are used to brew tea. Woolly Blue Curl flower tea offers anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a treatment to sooth cold, flu, headache and even nose bleeds symptoms.
The Woolly Blue Curl flowers are most commonly used in a dried form for tea, which offers a sweet flavor with mellow pine-like undertones. Additionally, the Wooly Blue Curl flowers being an edible blossom can be used as a garnish for cakes, desserts and even cocktails.
When discovered by the Spanish conquistadors in California, they named this plant "romero," due to its resemblance to the rosemary herb.
Woolly Blue Curls are native to California and other southern coastal regions of the United States. Being of the genus Trichostema, this plant is solely found in North America and has a large range from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast as well as from central Mexico to southern Canada. Traditionally, Woolly Blue Curls were used by the Native Americans in a dried form to steep into tea.