If you do, i have a few idea, that how can you use it beside put them into the vase. Which is not a bad option by the way.
First i will tell you honestly, that long time ago, i thought, that roses are crappy. I don’t know why, cannot remember :D.
But after we bought our first home with garden and with roses, i fell in love. That much, that i bought other roses. That much, that since, my big dream is to have roses in EVERY.SINGLE.COLOR. Putting them in a row from the white until the darkest rose exists ever.
So, not just we had roses, but had a lof of which had to be cutted during the season, because roses like if we cut them. But after i had roses in every room and gave them as a gift too, i still had a lot. So started to use them for different things. These are my ideas what i have tried, and loved.
But before you read my words and try anything i must tell, that only use your own roses, or person’s you know who didn’t spray the roses. Don’t use roses from stores and don’t use them if you sprayed your plant during it was blooming. However you wash the roseheads, it won’t be enough.
Always use them fresh, after 1 day it will start to be dried and losts its oil and fragrance (except for tea). So cut, and use inmediatelly.
Well i was itching to try new things with my own roses but first time i wasn’t that brave so i decided to start with a simple one.
I was serching recipes and couldn’t believe that making rosewater is that easy. You would grab your rose petals (only the petals) put them into a pan and pour as much water as it is on the petals’ top. Start to heat it and watch after it (don’t leave). As long as it starts to boil, put away from the heat. When it cools down pour into any bottle and put to the fridge. Spray to your face and body, it is just amazing. Or you can use it in cakes, sweets or any meal which requires rosewater.
2. Rose lemonade
This was the second *thing* i tried with roses. I was afraid but you know what? The lemonade was so tasty, just a little bit rose-y just that much that is good. I wrote about it in an earlier post, you will find here the recipe as well.
3. Rose as a cake decoration
The first cake was with full of eatable flowers which i covered with sugar, (sugar icing) and put onto a cake. Always check the flowers you want to eat that it is 100% secure! And how it works? You need water and any powder sugar/sweetener (not liquid, just powder) you would make a thick sugar-water liquid. Before you do anything with the rose (or any flower) petals, it is soft and thick and foldable. You would put the petals into that liquid to make the petals all covered with it. Than put it onto a grid to let the rest of the liquid dripping and let it dry. You will need 2 hands to lift it up and hold with 4 fingers (2-2) with the opposite sites of the petal because as you lift it, it will be folded of the weight, and it is very hard to smooth out after. The drying method will takes at least 2 hours, but more you let the best is. Now be careful: your petals will become very thin and easy breakable but can easily lifted up. And it tastes so good!
4. Rose jam
So if you think you like rose enough that you would it eat in a different way as well, try jam. I don’t think that simple ‘only rose’ jam would be good, because you would need a lot of thickener. But put next to a fruit is a good idea. Like any berries (rasberry, strawberry, cranberry) or apple. Just make a little amount first and only taste it when it is cooled down.
5. Rose tea
If you liked the rose lemonade, actually you will like the tea version too, it has a bit stronger taste. I think there is even difference between cold and hot rose tea, for example i like the cold version. You can buy a lot of types of rose teas but you can easily make yours because what you need beside some dried rosepetals is any kind of leaf tea, just mix it. A very important rule: don’t let the rose tea ‘swimming’ in the water more, than 7 minutes. After it will be soooooo strong tasted that i think nobody would drink it :D.
Of course there is a lot of other recipes what you can use rose petals for. These recipes or ideas are what i have tried, so these are all my experiences.
Let me know if you try any of them. ;-)
There might be millions of roses, but you are my only one, unique rose – The Little Prince