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Monday, February 13, 2006

Weekend in Wicker Park

According to various sources, Jamaica is a popular drink in Mexico made from calyces of the roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa). Dried hibiscus calyces, known in Mexico as jamaica, have long been available in health food stores in the United States, for use in making a tea high in vitamin C. Calyces are sold in bags typically labeled "Flor de Jamaica." Jamaica is prepared by steeping calyces in boiling water, straining the mixture, pressing the calyces (to squeeze all the juice out), adding sugar, and stirring. The drink is served chilled. Variations on the drink are popular in West Africa. Just a few of the many splendid sights along Chicago's Milwaukee Avenue!


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