Roses are beautiful and they make for wonderful decorations and garnishes. More than that, its aromatic flavour will help you to enhance a dish. Every variety of rose is edible and offers a uniquely sweet and floral flavour. Before cooking with rose petals, clip off all the white portion at the bottom of each flower petal to avoid a bitter taste and then wash the petals and lay them on a dishtowel to dry.
Persians were the first to develop a technique to steam rose petals to extract the perfumed oil, and obtained rose water as a by-product. Later, it spread to India and Arabia and successively to Europe via the Bulgarian Rose Valley and today the largest percentage of the world’s rose oil is produced in these countries.
Damask roses, Garden roses, heirloom, Rosa Rugosa and “Generous Gardener” are some wonderful varieties of roses that can be cooked. Roses pair wonderfully with fruits such as passion fruit, raspberry and lychee, dried apricots and honey.
Roses come with plenty of potential health benefits too. They can soothe skin irritation and sore throats. Rosewater and rose essential oil are commonly used to relieve headaches in aromatherapy. Their strong antidepressant and antianxiety properties help in enhancing our mood.