The versatility of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Hibiscus): wine

Hibiscus Wine


 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 Andrele (2013) it is traditionally use to treat people with cancer. Not only treating diseases but its 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 includes 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 has many uses.

According to Wilson (2013), “ the  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is a tropical flower that is well known in many different countries for various reason. The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis comes from the Malvaceae family . Among the better known are H. sabdariffa, H. heterophyllus, H. moscheutos, H. divericatus, H. syriacus, H. splendens, H. diversifolius and H. trionum” p.1

Pennypacker (2013) also states that Hibiscus is an edible flower that has long been used to flavour food with a complex, floral essence. It is also a rich source of antioxidant, which lowers blood pressure, combat cholesterol and strengthens the heart. In addition to valuable health benefits, hibiscus is celebrated for its cooling effects and so many countries uses it for different ailments.

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented fruits.  The term wine can also refer to starch- fermented or fortified beverages having higher alcohol content. Wine contains many chemical compounds similar or identical to those in fruits, vegetables and spices. The sweetness of the wine alters fermentation of the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and other ingredients, the wine can be made having great taste and at the same time good for your health.

Therefore, the incorporation of the dry hibiscus flower-petals into wine by fermenting remains healthy since it is used all over the world for different ailments.


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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 unique scent provides another innovation to the list of aromatic perfumes. Such aroma could be used to make soap as shown in this science project.

Its application in the processing of jams, wine, sauces and cake mix 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 wine.


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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