A holiday tradition in the islands is to make a drink called sorrel from the plant with the same name. We asked the advice of one of the market ladies who gave us this "recipe".
"You take 'bout a pound of sorrel, put it in a big pot and cover with de water. Add cinnamon, ginger, bay leaves and a little sugar." I asked how much ginger she would recommend? "Bout a tum" as she held up her thumb to show the size. "You boil it and then cover de pot and let sit 'til next day."
Strain, adjust sugar if needed, add some rum and bottle. Delicious!
You cut the seed out and just use the flower, which emits the flavor as well as a beautiful red color, the perfect Christmas drink.