Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bissap – tea and sorbet!!!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the girls in the girls group in Kayemor I’m working with have just started harvesting their (beautiful) red bissap flowers. Last year it was transformed into tea and sold in the States and Europe, which will happen again this year, too. Also, though (I just found this out!), Ben and Jerry’s just made a deal with the NGO the helps guide the girls group to buy some of the bissap, too, to make bissap sorbet! I have no idea when this product will actually hit the market, but keep your eyes open because I’m sure it will be amazing!

CORRECTION: I was misinformed earlier – Ben and Jerry’s is interested in making bissap sorbet, but they have yet to make any sort of formal deal.

Here’s a close-up of these beautiful (and tasty – when boiled or soaked in water with sugar) flower:

The girls’ bissap field:


  1. Bissop sorbet? Yun, please let me know where in Senegal this may be found, when it comes to market. John (PC/Senegal '62-'64)

  2. Happy Thanksgiving from your Hulsen relatives in Illinois. Great postings and keep up the good work.