Did you know that roses are just as lovely to eat as they are to look at? That’s right. They’re pretty, and have substance. According to Livestrong.com, “Rose petals and rose hips are popular with home cooks and professional chefs alike. While the petals provide only small amounts of nutrition, they do add benefits for you beyond their actual food value.” Who knew?
The Livestrong article continues, “Because petals contain about 95 percent water, their nutritional value is limited and their calorie count is low. However, the petals [and hips] do contain vitamin C,” and have been used in many cultures to treat digestive disorders, menstrual irregularities, and pain from injuries. Reportedly, cooking with rose petals will not only introduce you to many new cuisines, but can also improve your mental health. Clinical psychologist Leon Seltzer says that trying or discovering new things is an activity that is intrinsically linked with good feelings.
Whether you’ve never considered cooking with rose petals or you’re already accustomed to incorporating the flower into myriad recipes, this DIY project is an easy and delicious way to include roses into your diet:
Rose Petal Honey
- ½ pound worth of organically grown (pesticide-free) roses. You can pick roses from your own garden, or purchase petals from herbal and garden shops.
- 1 pound of local, organic honey.
- One extra large jar.
To make the honey, simply wash and dry your rose petals, and place them in the jar. Next, pour the honey over top. The rest of the process involves steeping the honey like tea, which will take about two weeks to really infuse it with the rose petals, or longer if you like. During those few weeks, turn the mixture or stir occasionally, as the petals will rise to the top of the jar.
Voila! You now have a lovely batch of rose petal honey to drizzle over pound cake, swirl into your yogurt or tea, or to use to sweeten recipes. Feel free to play around with the ratios of rose petals to honey when you make yours; there really is no right or wrong way to do it.