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A rose is a rose is an edible -- if you grow it organically.
Do you grow roses? DId you ever think about growing them organically?
That way you not only keep synthetic pesticides out of your garden and groundwater, but you can EAT and DRINK your roses too.
In our new video, Tricia shows you how to grow roses organically and she gives basic guidelines on rose care and pruning.
Now, let’s eat those organic roses. Pick up your pruners and follow us into the rose garden.
Our friend Teresa O’Connor is an edible flower specialist at Seasonal Wisdom. She votes for the fragrances and flavors of old roses like Rosa rugosa and Rosa gallica. We have a short video with Teresa’s tips on other edible flowers.
For California native plant lovers, consider the Rosa californica.
Feel free to follow your nose to your favorite rose.
In the cool of the morning, snip off those buds and blooms, rinse them indoors, and then remove the bitter, white base of each petal.
Pat the petals dry and use them in the following recipe ideas.
* Start your morning with a Vitamin C rich cup of rose hip tea (easy to find these on rugosas).
* Make some rose petal jam for your breakfast toast.
* In a hurry? Blast up some rose honey in your food processor.
* You can use rose water in any number of recipes, like salad dressings and Manhattans. Here’s how to prep your very own organic rose water.
* Feeling sentimental? FIx an entire tea party, for Mother’s Day or another occasion, with rose petal everything.
* Still wondering about that Manhattan recipe? It’s a Rosehattan, pleasant to sip while wandering in your garden at dusk.
Alfalfa tea is all the rage with rosarians around the U.S., and many blue ribbon winners swear by it. Try our alfalfa tea ready to steep in “tea bags”. We have alfalfa tea bags from Haven Natural Brew Alfalfa Tea.
These make unusual gifts on their own or in our rosy gift baskets, for your rose-obsessed neighbors and friends.
Just goes to show—deer are not the only mammals that like to eat roses. Grow your roses organically and savor the floral flavors.
May 1st, 2013 at 9:25 am
An older gentlemen that I use to know made “Rose Wine”. Can you give me a recipe for that? It was very good. It had a sweet - delicate flavor.
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
May 2nd, 2013 at 9:38 am
Debbie, Here are two Rose Wine recipes that may be helpful. It’s hard to find them since the search engines will offer recipes for making rosé wine! Let us know how these work for you http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques3.asp