Hibiscus ... a potent flower

Hibiscus sabdariffa belongs to the mallow family (Malvaceae) and is likely native to West Africa. Hibiscus grows in many tropical and subtropical countries and is predominantly cultivated in Sudan, Egypt, China, Thailand and Central America. The plants are annual or perennial and can grow to 3 m in height.
The drug is made up from the dark red, thick and fleshy bracts of the calyx and epicalyx. The hibiscus flower is used in traditional African folk medicine. It is attributed with antispasmodic and diuretic properties, as well as having a positive effect on the gall bladder and inhibiting inflammation. Thanks to its intensive red colour and pleasantly tart flavour, the hibiscus flower is today frequently used in the food industry.

Variations of extract
Extract details Further information
00-111-0560-51 Extraction solvent: water
Dry extract
0 - 27 % dried glucose
3 % silicon dioxide
Pleasantly tart flavour
Dark red colour