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 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.