Sorrel is So Real

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Sorrel is a popular drink particularly during Christmas time in Trinidad. Juggernaut learns for the first time how to make Sorrel drink from Sorrel flower petals from his friend Daddy a budding Calypsonian.

Submitted: November 22, 2011

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Submitted: November 22, 2011




Sorrel Is So Real

Subba Rao


“Boy, this juice is so refreshing, I love it, what is it?”

“You are from India, and you don’t know Sorrel,” Daddy was blunt.

“I am from India alright but I never heard or tasted Sorrel before; how you make it,” Juggernaut was very curious.

“Down here in Trinidad, we make a juice out of Sorrel during Christmas time; red flower petals of Sorrel plant are boiled in water to bring out its bright red color and sour fruity flavor; mixed with brown sugar and a little cinnamon, a glass of cold Sorrel juice is a real thing; I can show Sorrel plant in the backyard,” Daddy took Juggernaut into his backyard to show the Sorrel plant in full bloom with bright red flowers.

“I know this plant well, it is a common leaf vegetable in India; it is cultivated on a large scale for its leaves, I didn’t even know it produces flowers.”

“You eat the leaves?” Daddy made a face with disbelief.

“Yes, this plant is grown only to harvest its leaves and never allowed to grow to a point where it flowers as you do it here; back home, the leaves are cooked with split peas to make sour Dahl or used to make chutney or relish known for its sour taste, I didn’t even know this plant produces these pretty flowers,” Juggernaut looked surprised.

”Well, it seems you know a lot about this plant, how come the flowers taste so sour?”

“The whole plant is known for its sour taste; the leaves, the stems and the entire plant has sour taste from small amount of weak organic acids in it; this plant belongs to the same family as Hibiscus known for bright colorful flowers; that explains the bright red flowers on the Sorrel plant.”

“Well, you taught me something more today about Sorrel plant,” Daddy was still looking at his Sorrel plant in full bloom with bright red flowers.

“Well,  the leaves are used in Indian cuisine for its flavor and sour taste; the  people down here recognized the flavor and taste in its flowers to make a refreshing juice,  pour some white rum in my Sorrel juice it is Christmas time, na” Juggernaut was in a festive mood.

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