African flowers have their place in many dishes around the continent. Especially in West and North Africa, hibiscus flowers flavor teas, juices and savory rice dishes like thiebu djen.
For ease of use in the kitchen, they are almost always dried. In the market, you buy them in bulk, by weight, and it’s always wise to rinse them in filtered water before using dried flowers in any way. They may have a few stones, a bit of sand, or grit in them.
Flowers add a beautiful element to cooking, their subtle energies bringing balance and harmony to the dish.