Hibiscus or bissap leaves -  african superfood recipes and information (www.africanepicure.com)

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Hibiscus leaves, called bissap vert in francophone West Africa, are a superfood that finds its way into all kinds of soups and sauces in the region. It’s less well-known in other parts of the continent, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Hibiscus leaves are more nutritious than spinach and have more iron, calcium and vitamin A. Unlike sweet potato greens, hibiscus leaves need some care in the kitchen, as they are apt to taste a bit slimey and very sour.

If you’d like to try cooking with African hibiscus leaves, we suggest trying our favorite recipe:

Bissap Tart

If you’d like to learn more about the hibiscus plant, check out:

Hibiscus Flowers (Red and White)