This syrup will keep for months if refrigerated. It is delicious over pancakes, fresh fruit, custard, ice cream. To make cordial, a very small quantity of syrup can be added to a glass and filled with water. The syrup can also be added to milk to make a delicious drink.


  • 5 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups dried rosella, chopped


Heat the sugar and water in a large saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the calyces and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer gently until the volume of liquid is reduced by a third. Remove from the heat and strain. Bottle the syrup while still hot into clean bottles and seal. The strained calyces can be eaten as a dessert with ice cream or custard.

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Charlene Chisvo
Charlene Chisvo studied at the University of the Free State. She works at Bio-Innovation of Zimbabwe and brings about consumer awareness of under utilised crops in Zimbabwe. She has written articles in various magazines in Zimbabwe.