Hibiscus syriacus – Rose of Sharon

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Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is an edible type of hibiscus that is native to Asia, but commonly planted in the United States.
Rose of Sharon can be identified by its tropical-looking flowers and different shaped, asymmetrical leaves.
The entire Rose of Sharon plant is edible. Leaves can be enjoyed spring-fall. The leaves taste similar to lettuce, with a more mucilaginous texture. Flowers can be enjoyed in the summer in salads, soups, quiche, or turned into a tea.
Rose of Sharon has been used medicinally to lower blood pressure. The root bark is used in China as an anti-fungal remedy.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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