Saturday, June 7, 2014

The very useful Sea Hibiscus tree - coastal survival

The very common Hibiscus tiliaceus (Sea Hibiscus) has an edible flower. You can make tea with it or eat it raw.  Though considered famine food, you can eat the young leaves, inner bark, and roots. They don't taste good, but they are edible.

Sea Hibiscus wood is also very useful. It's a light wood that is excellent for starting fires as both tinder and kindling. The bigger pieces are perfect for making bow & drill sets and for fire plough.
Edible Sea Hibiscus flower
Edible Sea Hibiscus flower.

Thailand wild edible food plants
Sea Hibiscus Flowers are red or yellow. Both can be on the same tree.

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