The versatility of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Hibiscus) – Cake



Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is versatile in the making of numerous medicinal, cosmetics and food substances. The most popular use is the process of tea making which provides many medicinal benefits. According to Anderle (2013) it is traditionally used to treat people with cancer. Not only treating diseases but it application in making aromatic products further help to market and established the versatility of this plant. Our project has helped to highlight this and other benefits as we have used  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis to make an array of products which include wine, perfume, soap, jams, sauces and beverage. This provides entrepreneurial opportunities by developing Jamaican products in the pharmaceutical, beverage and cosmetic industries.


Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is a plant known in Jamaica and throughout the world. It is a part of the Malvaceae family. The stem, root, flowers and leaves are used for various purposes. The flower in general has medicinal, ornamental, cosmetic and culinary values.

According to Jadhav, Thorat, Kadam and Sath (2009) the plant has a number of traditional medicinal purposes. Some of the traditional medicinal uses of the plant are: it is good for Grippe, menstruation, to stimulate expulsion of afterbirth, dysentery, stomach pain, eye problem, flu and cough and many more.

Some ornamental purposes of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis involves floral decoration, hedging in home as a form of beautification being apart of a garden. Some innovative uses involve the making of soap and perfume. In the kitchen the hibiscus can also be used to make delicious products such as jams, sauces, tea, wine, drinks and last hibiscus chocolate cake as shown by this experiment.


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The many products that can be derived from this plant (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) have numerous medicinal and commercial applications. A plant that is so prevalent in our backyard if harnessed properly could provide entrepreneurial opportunities; a much needed boost to job creation for the Jamaican people. This would add to the list of products already commercialised in the pharmaceutical and beverage industries. Such established products for which Hibiscus rosa-sinensis could follow suit include Canasol (derived from Jamaica’s marijuana by Dr. West and company), sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa)-same family from which Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is classified is used in the beverage industry and was shown by a group of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) scientists to have anticancer properties. Jadhav et al (2009), in support of the medicinal use of this flower ( Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), says that fertility drugs derived from it can stop getting pregnant at will, for as long as desired, with almost 100% confidence and complete return of fertility when one stops use this product. Using hibiscus for fertility treatment can provide cheap and low cost contraceptive.

Its application in the processing of cake  may do well among students and people in general who will be enticed by its unique flavour. At least it was a common hobby among us as children to suck the nectar from this flower-it has now become our research project.


Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower is useful for making cake.


Anderle, B (March6th2013).Effects of Hibiscus tea. eHow. Retrieved March 6th, 2013, from

Jadhav, V.,Thorat,R., Kadam, V., and Sathe, N.S.(2009) Traditional medicinal uses of Hibiscus

                   rosa-sinensis. [Electronicversion]  Journal of Pharmacy Research, 2(8) 1220-1222.

United States Department of Agriculture, USA. (2008).Agricultural Research Service: The in-

house research arm of the U.S: Department of Agriculture.


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