I did not know until a few years ago that roses were edible – I just never gave it a thought! Roses make me think of romance and courtship, but not food – until I stumbled upon a magazine that showed women preparing salad that contained rose petals – hmmmm, very interesting! The fruit of roses, called rose hips, are most often the edible part of the rose used because it’s so high in vitamin C. The rose petals, however, are also edible and are especially high in polyphenols, an important antioxidant. I found a wild rose bush out in the woods and decided to make some jelly! You can use roses in your yard also, as long as you’re SURE it has not been sprayed with pesticides. This is very important with eating flower petals. So, don’t ever buy roses from the store for your next meal.
Here’s a recipe from Herb Mentor:
- ROSE PETAL JELLY
- 1 C. rose petals
- 1 1/2 C. water
- juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbs.)
- 1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
- 1 Pkg. Sure-Jell pectin
- Bring the remaining 3/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Stir in the pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Pour the hot mixture into the blender with the other ingredients and blend 1 minute.