Cooking with rose petals dates back centuries. Whether used for their aromas, floral flavors, symbolism or decorativeness, they are a beautiful addition to the chef's arsenal.
Herbalists point to a number of benefits to eating roses. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, refrigerant, and decongestant. They say roses have a positive effect on moods such as soothing a temper or comforting someone.
You can buy roses already made in jams, spreads, and spice blends. It’s perfect for adding that distinct floral note to various dishes without going overboard. It’s an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory applications.
One chef from Oregon says he likes to balance the flavor of roses with with pungent, salty, or sour flavors and aromas. He uses dried rose petals in his pickled red onions. Cucumbers and roses both peak around the same season and cucumbers have a very floral aroma. These two flavors combined create a refreshing and delicious salad.
Our Garden Rose Petal Artisanal Jam is a quick and easy addition to any of the above recipes, and so much more! It is great as a sauce for meats such as lamb. Try it for yourself and let us know what your favorite recipe is.