Other names: Jamican Sorrel, (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
General Information: Gongura is a leafy vegetable grown in India and very popular in Southern India. While it has many culinary uses, the most popular is the pickled version. Gongura pacchadi is quintessentially Guntur cuisine (of Andhra) along with aavakai pacchadi (pickle).
Gongura comes in two varieties, green stemmed leaf and red stemmed. The red stem variety is more sour than the green stem variety. Gongura is also known as Andhra Maatha (Mother of Andhra Food). It can be said that there is no person from andhra who does not know Gongura or who does not like Gongura.
According to Indian mythology, Goungra said to be a divine gift given by the godess 'Shakaambari Devi' to the humans.