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Where to buy dried Roselle/Hibiscus Flower or Monin Hibiscus Syrup in Vancouver?

famishedfoodie Jun 17, 2012 09:57 AM

Just wondering if any of you knew where I could buy some dried roselle flowers to make Thai iced tea or the Hibiscus syrup by Monin. I've checked at Gourmet Warehouse and they don't have them :(

This recipe looks tasty!



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  1. grayelf RE: famishedfoodie Jun 17, 2012 10:06 AM

    I think the last time I bought them was from the Asian market on Granville Island (more expensive but I was lazy). If you live near any of the Latin American markets around town, they are a good bet. Ask for flor de jamaica (ha-mai-ca).

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      famishedfoodie RE: grayelf Jun 17, 2012 10:09 AM

      Awesome! Thanks for the tip grayelf!

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        famishedfoodie RE: grayelf Jun 17, 2012 09:25 PM

        Are there any Latin American markets you would recommend?

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          grayelf RE: famishedfoodie Jun 19, 2012 01:03 PM

          Try Los Guerreros at Kingsway and Joyce-ish or maybe the one at Knight and 41st whose name escapes me. El Sureno on Commercial is a bit hit and miss. And then there's Que Pasa on 5 Road in Richmond. Call first of course with any of these.

          If you don't mind paying a bit of a premium, another west-side option is Fresh Is Best on Broadway. They carry their own Kamloops-made products but also a very decent selection of imported Mex/Latin American stuff including hibiscus flowers from Dona Elsita, $2.85 for 3 oz (had these in my cupboard too!).

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            el_lobo_solo RE: grayelf Jun 19, 2012 04:29 PM

            I know someone who recently made a jamaica drink with the flowers from Los Dos Amigos market, the one grayelf mentioned at Knight and 41st.

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              grayelf RE: el_lobo_solo Jun 19, 2012 04:41 PM

              Ah that's the one, thanks els. Good to know they have it there. I've even bought a powder that wasn't bad but of course you can't control the sugar levels then. And for the OP, it's really nice if you add a chunk of squashed fresh ginger and let that mellow in while you're soaking the flowers.

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        chinadove RE: famishedfoodie Feb 19, 2013 02:15 AM

        there is an east Indian store in Surrey, on King George Blvd and South of 108 Ave, where you can get sun dried roselle for $5 a bag

        1. fmed RE: famishedfoodie Feb 19, 2013 09:07 AM

          I get jamaica/roselle from Los Guerreros on Kingsway ($1.39 for a packet).

          If you have a Middle Eastern -focused store nearby, look for karkade (essentially the same stuff).

          I used to be able to get karkade much cheaper than jamaica at a kebab place/ grocery at 54th and Victoria - but that building is sold and the owners of the place look like they are phasing the operation out (they removed the grocery section).

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            fmed RE: fmed Feb 19, 2013 09:21 AM

            attaching photo of the packet in my pantry...

          2. KarenDW RE: famishedfoodie Feb 21, 2013 11:52 PM

            I believe that Galloways has both items.

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