Roselle (Chin Baung or Chin Pong Yewt)
I’ve been trying to get the name of this plant for several years. Peng Len Thakbal started growing it in his garden and explained they eat it in a soup. One time at his persuasion I even bit into a bud. It as very bitter. The plant is of the hibiscus genus. My friend Peter gave me the Chin dialect translation, chin pong yewt.
Roselle is available at the Thomasville Flea Market and is popular among the Nepalese, Sudanese, Mexicans, Congolese, Egyptians, Burmese, Thai, Malaysians,Laotians, Latin Americans and many others. It has been made into tea, used for seasoning, the sprigs are sometimes fried, flavoring for meat and cooked in soup. The red stems are sought in Germany to provide food coloring. Burlap fibers are derived from it. Many see it as having healing properties although double blind studies have not yet been conducted. See a similar story here.