Sunday, October 27, 2013

Market Mystery

A new series, cousin to Grocery Games, in which I chronicle mystery items found at the market and attempt to discern what they are.

Today's market mystery: 

These things. 

These weird, deep red, octopus-shaped things were in the fruit section at our weekly neighborhood Saturday market... are they fruit? flowers? vegetables?  In the heat of the moment I decided they looked like they would be an essential component of the Lord of Darkeness' tablescape in Legend:

Then, the next day, while bopping around Chatuchak, Bangkok's massive weekend market, we saw this drink for sale next to the lime juice and coconut water we were eyeing:

Roselle (with questionable spelling).  

Ah ha, mystery solved!  Roselle is a variety of hibiscus.  The drink, which in Thailand can be hot or cold, is supposed to be good for your cholesterol.  Now we know.  And knowing is half the battle.


  1. So what's the answer to the octopus fruit/veg/flower? I'm intrigued!

    1. It's called roselle/rosella - check out the end of the post!


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