A Rose by Any Other Name Would Taste Just as Sweet
beets with pickled rose petals
Even though roses are the most clichéd Valentine’s Day gift it does not mean that people do not adore them. Let’s face it; most women are secretly hoping to receive the biggest bunch the florist can muster from their own Romeo.
Roses brighten up our hearts, our homes, and our gardens. But they can also be used as a culinary treat to brighten up our food. Rose hip, rose water and rose petals are all edible parts of the rose and below you will find a little bit about each part. A word to the wise: be sure not to use roses that have been sprayed with harmful pesticides in your cooking. Rather grow your own or buy from a reputable farm.
We have all seen these but have probably never thought they were edible. These are the fruits of the rose plants, little red berries with crowns on their tops. They have a high vitamin C count and a fruity, spicy flavour. You can use rose hip to make syrup, vinegars, jams, and cordials.
Popular in Middle Eastern, Indian, and Chinese cuisine rose water is made from crushed rose petals that have been steeped in water. Rose water is used to make Turkish Delight; it can also be used to make a refreshing iced tea.
We love this recipe from Martha Stewart using pickled rose petals.
Have a blooming good day