At Deremi Shittu Investments, we export dried hibiscus flower from Nigeria. This agro export is popularly known as zobo leaves in Nigeria. Hibiscus has very different qualities depending on where it is grown. The most desirable product is from Thailand and Sudan, but hibiscus from these two countries is also very different. The market is very volatile from one crop year to the next, based on the thinking patterns of farmers around the world. One crop year may yield high prices and encourage many farmers to plant hibiscus the following year. Supply then outpaces demand and prices fall. When the prices fall, farmers may switch to other crops, causing a supply shortage and thereby increasing prices again.
More than 300 species of hibiscus can be found around the world, growing in both tropical and subtropical regions. Most varieties are used as ornamental plants, but the swollen red calyces of the sabdariffa type are dried and brewed into teas, and are also used in the processing of juices, jellies, jams, ice cream and flavors. The product has many common names including Jamaican sorrel, roselle, cabitutu, vinuela, oseille de guinée, and karkade. Because of the rapid withering of the hibiscus sabdariffa flower, it would not be an economical product to export fresh over long distances. Therefore this market survey will focus on the dried calyx and its market potential.
Deremi Shittu Investment Ltd. currently supplies Grade 1 Dried Hibiscus Flowers to the European Markets. The flower is best cultivated and grown in the tropical and sub-trobical regions – making Nigeria a perfect place for the production of this specialsed flower.
This product has various uses i.e. to produce herbal tea and medicines. It is often referred to as a health food product.
The specifications available are:
Color: Dark Red
Moisture: 12% Max
Total Ash: 10%
Acid Insoluble Ash: 1.5% Max
Broken Sticks: 5% Max
Foreign Matters: 2% Max
Salmonella Test: Negative
Typically requested in 25kg or 50kg polypropylene bags, this product is available shipped in 20ft or 40ft HC Containers.
For further information, for a quote or to place an order please contact us.