Rosellas are a type of hibiscus growing wild across the top end of Australia on the fringes of rainforests and in the sand dunes.

Rosella was not originally native to Australia; they were introduced thousands of years ago from Africa. Nonetheless, the shiny red plum-like fruit were used by Indigenous Australians for generations as a form of nourishment and medicine, given their high antioxidant properties. Traditionally, the fibre from the bark was used to make dilli bags, twine and hunting nets.

Planted during spring as the weather warms up, rosellas are harvested through March and April.

Download The Australian Superfood Co provenance map here.

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  • Rosella has extremely high levels of flavonoids and antioxidants such as Vitamin C and anthocyanins, which help protect cells against the damaging effects of free radicals.
  • A greater anthocyanin intake is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, improved liver function, increased metabolic function, reduced risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, better weight maintenance, improved cognitive function, improved immunity, improved eye vision and eye health as well as improved skin and hair health.
  • Rosella is high in minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron.
  • Rosella is also a great source of protein, an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.

Flavour:

Refreshing, crisp and tart, berry and rhubarb taste with very subtle notes of passionfruit.

Palate:

A deliciously delicate flavour, with refreshing, tart, berry and rhubarb notes on the tongue and front palate, and lingering, diluted passionfruit notes.

Aroma:

Very subtle, yet pleasant aroma of berries and diluted passionfruit with spiced honey notes.

Rosella has been used all over the world for many years for both their delicious, delicate flavour and health benefits. Its tart berry and rhubarb flavour combines well with sugar to create a light, sweet syrup that is perfect in champagne and cocktails.

Rosella is extremely versatile and is commonly used in baked goods, desserts, white chocolate, sorbets and ice cream. Rosella perfectly complements a variety of fruit, particularly most other berries, apple, pear, citrus, tropical (banana, mango, papaya, pineapple), some stone fruit and coconut.

Use rosella in savoury and sweet sauces, chutneys, and aioli to add rich colour and an unusual fruity, berry sweetness. It works well with ginger, garlic and chilli, and makes a great marinade with olive oil and sea salt for root vegetables, enhancing the flavour of roasted sweet potato, pumpkin, beetroot, carrot, turnip, parsnip.

Rosella also pairs well with dairy (yoghurt, most cheese varieties and cream), oil and vinegar-based meat marinades and salad dressings, meat-based jus and egg-based condiments.

Rosella pairs really nicely with white fish, chicken, pork and lamb, and is perfect for game meat such as emu, crocodile, kangaroo and venison.

Rosella lifts the profile of alcoholic beverages such as gin, vodka and white rum, and adds a sweet, refreshing twist to soda, tonic, mineral waters and lemonade.

Provenance

Rosellas are a type of hibiscus growing wild across the top end of Australia on the fringes of rainforests and in the sand dunes.

Rosella was not originally native to Australia; they were introduced thousands of years ago from Africa. Nonetheless, the shiny red plum-like fruit were used by Indigenous Australians for generations as a form of nourishment and medicine, given their high antioxidant properties. Traditionally, the fibre from the bark was used to make dilli bags, twine and hunting nets.

Planted during spring as the weather warms up, rosellas are harvested through March and April.

Download The Australian Superfood Co provenance map here.

Image source: image one, image two, image three
Health Benefits
  • Rosella has extremely high levels of flavonoids and antioxidants such as Vitamin C and anthocyanins, which help protect cells against the damaging effects of free radicals.
  • A greater anthocyanin intake is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, improved liver function, increased metabolic function, reduced risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, better weight maintenance, improved cognitive function, improved immunity, improved eye vision and eye health as well as improved skin and hair health.
  • Rosella is high in minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron.
  • Rosella is also a great source of protein, an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.
Taste & Smell

Flavour:

Refreshing, crisp and tart, berry and rhubarb taste with very subtle notes of passionfruit.

Palate:

A deliciously delicate flavour, with refreshing, tart, berry and rhubarb notes on the tongue and front palate, and lingering, diluted passionfruit notes.

Aroma:

Very subtle, yet pleasant aroma of berries and diluted passionfruit with spiced honey notes.

Food Uses

Rosella has been used all over the world for many years for both their delicious, delicate flavour and health benefits. Its tart berry and rhubarb flavour combines well with sugar to create a light, sweet syrup that is perfect in champagne and cocktails.

Rosella is extremely versatile and is commonly used in baked goods, desserts, white chocolate, sorbets and ice cream. Rosella perfectly complements a variety of fruit, particularly most other berries, apple, pear, citrus, tropical (banana, mango, papaya, pineapple), some stone fruit and coconut.

Use rosella in savoury and sweet sauces, chutneys, and aioli to add rich colour and an unusual fruity, berry sweetness. It works well with ginger, garlic and chilli, and makes a great marinade with olive oil and sea salt for root vegetables, enhancing the flavour of roasted sweet potato, pumpkin, beetroot, carrot, turnip, parsnip.

Rosella also pairs well with dairy (yoghurt, most cheese varieties and cream), oil and vinegar-based meat marinades and salad dressings, meat-based jus and egg-based condiments.

Rosella pairs really nicely with white fish, chicken, pork and lamb, and is perfect for game meat such as emu, crocodile, kangaroo and venison.

Rosella lifts the profile of alcoholic beverages such as gin, vodka and white rum, and adds a sweet, refreshing twist to soda, tonic, mineral waters and lemonade.