Health Benefits Of Sorrel Drink

by Denise Salmon




In Jamaica sorrel is consumed as a drink mainly at Christmas time. It is usually boiled with ginger and then left to cool before it is strained and rum and sugar are added.

*** Here is the Jamaican sorrel recipe ***

This tasty drink is usually served alongside a rich fruit cake made with rum, wine, raisins and prunes.
Sorrel is also used to make chutneys, syrups, jams, teas, etc.

Today our sorrel is being sold a lot more because of the newly discovered health benefits to be derived from its consumption.

Yes, scientists have discovered that Jamaican sorrel contains a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavonoids. These compounds give Jamaican sorrel its deep red color.

Jamaican sorrel is also good for the lowering of elevated blood sugar, bad cholesterol and is good for the detoxifying of the body.

In addition, Jamaican sorrel has a high Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC), which helps in raising the antioxidant power of blood. It is said that the ORAC levels of Jamaican sorrel is higher than that of vegetable juice, tomato juice and orange juice!

It can be compared to the levels of cranberry and pomegranate juice, which are known for their high antioxidant properties.

You can therefore reduce the risk of developing deadly diseases like cancer and diabetes by drinking sorrel; because sorrel helps to build and strengthen the immune system. The powerful antioxidants present in sorrel helps to eliminate free radicals from the body.

And it grows very easily. Whenever the seeds are sprinkled on the ground, the sorrel grows after a while, and after you have reaped the first crop, you might not need to sew any more seeds as the sorrel will grow again every year. It needs very little maintenance.

It may also be planted in your garden (shown above) as the sorrel also has a flower that blooms at times. However after it bears, the little trees dry up so you will need to remove them.

Today, sorrel is a real treat in Jamaican cuisine and a favourite for many visitors to the island. A lot of new bi -products have been produced from this our very own Jamaican sorrel.

See also: Jamaican Desserts & Jamaican Drinks

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Nov 27, 2015
by: Anonymous

Sorrel is originated in Jamaica and is also most widely used in Jamaica than anywhere else. It is used mostly at Christmas times and it has also a traditional drink at such times.

Dec 16, 2014
cold &flu
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking sorrel every every other day for the past three years. It has build my emune system so strong that I do not get the cold or flu any more.


Dec 22, 2013
by: Anonymous

Sorrel is not Jamaican drink, it is grown and used in many other tropical islands/countries

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