Rose of Sharon - how to dry for tea??

dzr4(7)June 25, 2013

I want to dry my Rose of Sharon flowers but I'm not sure when or what part.

Do I do it before they open? while open? or after they're done blooming?

While they're open the pistil is all covered in pollen - seems like that would be weird to have in tea... Attached is a picture of what they are dropping after they bloom.

I have searched for this info - most sites just say use flowers fresh but I want to dry them... It's different than for regular Hibiscus (this page is great if you're looking for that info: )

This post was edited by dzr4 on Tue, Jun 25, 13 at 20:46

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You can use them when they are blooming or when they have just finished blooming. The buds are too strong. Best to use them fresh, because they lose a little flavor when they are dried, but just leave them in a warm, dry place with no insects to dry them. Putting them on a screen is best, covered with cheesecloths to keep insects out. You can only use the petals, and only if they have not been treated with pesticides or liquid fertilizers.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 12:32PM
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    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 3:30PM
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Wow, Kasima and Dzr4. I had no idea. What does Rose of Sharon tea taste like in your opinions?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 8:30PM
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I haven't made it yet - will report back soon!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 10:22PM
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