Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperatures, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are renowned for their large, showy flowers and those species are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. Other names include hardy hibiscus, rose of Sharon, and tropical hibiscus.
Source of Hibiscus
The exact origin of hibiscus rosa-sinensis is unknown, although it has been cultivated in China, Japan and the Pacific islands for a long time. Two white-flowered species, hibiscus arnottianus and hibiscus waimeae, are believed to be native to Hawaii. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia.
Hibiscus and Nutrition
- Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants.
- Shown to lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
- May reduce blood cholesterol and triglycerides in those with diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
- Hibiscus extract may benefit liver health by increasing drug-detoxifying enzymes and reduce liver damage and fatty liver.
Hibiscus has had a lengthy history of use in Africa and neighboring tropical countries.
- Hibiscus has been used to treat constipation as it is high in fiber.
- The fleshy red calyx is used in the preparation of jams, jellies, and cold and warm teas and drinks.
- Hibiscus has been shown to decrease blood pressure.
- Has been shown to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Hibiscus has been shown to have sedative effects which helps with insomnia.
· Food processing companies.
· Beverage companies.
· Pharmaceutical companies.
Types & forms
Hibiscus is sold in three main forms as whole calyx, loose flower sepals which have been removed from the flower petals, and sifting (nekhala) which is a mixture of complete flowers and petals.
Specification Data Sheet
This Sudanese standard is formulated by the technical committee No.4 formed according to the administrative decree of the SSM0/1/A/Idated 18/8/01. It applies to Hibiscus Flower. On formulating this standard the committee has referred to international publications and works of Sudanese researchers on the subject.
Hibiscus exporting process
- Our hibiscus is packed in 20kg or 22 kg polypropylene (PP) bags.
- Then loaded in 20 feet containers with up to 5500 Kilograms and 11,750 kilograms is the maximum we load in the 40 feet container.
- The minimum order quantity (40ft FCL) takes a period of 10 to 15 days to be on board of the vessel, this period varies depending on the quantity ordered.
- The port of use is PORTSUDAN (SDPZU), with a possibility to re-export from other nearby ports.
- Estimated time to reach the clients desired port depends on the shipping lines used and the distance to that port, usually varies between 2 to 8 weeks for the farthest destination.
- The H.S code for the Roselle is 12119080 (*)
- Payment documents provided along with the shipment.
- Sudan origin hibiscus is falling among the products which the US sanctions against Sudan has not exempted, therefore cannot be exported directly from PORTSUDAN to the US market unless obtaining a special OFAC license.
(*) Need to be confirmed form each country customs authorities.