Hibiscus flower has joined turmeric, ginger and achiote as coming under our cocoa-related product diversification and marketing strategy.

Following conclusive initial trials at the beginning of the year on the farms of 23 growers, the project has stepped up a gear. Eight hundred and fifty new hibiscus flower plants were recently delivered to 17 cocoa producers, including some who are part of the REP.

In the initial trials earlier in the year, some of the hibiscus seeds planted by producers failed to germinate. Consequently, this time the decision was taken to supply producers with nursery plants .

A number of workshops have been held to train producers in the cultivation, harvesting and processing of hibiscus flowers.

The flower’s commercial value is of great benefit. Hibiscus flower can be used in teas, salads and even snacks