Rose Petals

Rosa spp

Roses are among the most popular and well known flowers for their beauty, brilliant color and fragrance. They are also edible. The petals have a delicate flavor that lends itself well to desserts and rose hips have an amazing sweet tart flavor that's well worth braving thorns for.

Flavor in roses varies by variety. I am told that darker colored, stronger scented roses taste best. I use rosa rugosa because I it has nice fat hips and the petals are a by-product and they suit me fine. I will be planting Rosa gallica officinalis (Apothecary Rose) next, and I will then have the opportunity to compare the two.

When cooking with rose petals, do not use the roses from your florist because these are often treated with chemicals. You should also avoid highly scented potpourri rose petals, which often have artificial fragrances added. Dried rose petals lose their fragrance quickly.

Mix rose petals with granulated or confectioners sugar and let them sit for several days in the refrigerator, shaking often to let the sugar pick up the flavor and fragrance of the rose petals. Strain the sugar and repeat with fresh rose petals until you're satisfied with the light rose essence that the sugar picks up. You can use this rose-scented sugar to sweeten teas or make delicious frosting, whipped cream or ice cream.

Rosewater can be added to many recipes and is also for skin care.

Rose syrup makes an amazing donut glaze.

Rose petals make tasty jams and jellies to spread over biscuits or glaze cookies - or try a spoonful in plain yogurt.

Dried rose petals make a lovely tea.

Candied rose petals and rose buds are a beautiful and tasty decoration for cakes.

Rose petals contain mostly water, so their nutritional value is low. They do have a small amount of vitamin C when fresh.

Element(s): Air -
Planet(s): Venus -
Zodiac Sign: - -
Season: Summer
Sabbat: Midsummer

Gender: Feminine

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