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Jun 17, 2012 09:57 AM

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

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. 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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    1. re: grayelf

      Awesome! Thanks for the tip grayelf!

      1. re: grayelf

        Are there any Latin American markets you would recommend?

        1. re: famishedfoodie

          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!).

          1. re: grayelf

            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.

            1. re: el_lobo_solo

              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.

      2. 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. 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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          1. re: fmed

            attaching photo of the packet in my pantry...

          2. I believe that Galloways has both items.

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