Add a romantic twist to your cooking with edible rose petals. There’s something surreal about the natural fragrance and texture of roses. When added to your favourite dishes, it creates a unique floral and sweet aroma. You can use any variety of roses for your culinary needs.
But, remember that some varieties have a distinctive flavour and deeper fragrance than others. So, the best way to choose is to trust your sense of smell. Here are some interesting ways to integrate rose petals into your cooking.
Concoct Delightful Beverages
You can add rose petals to your juices, teas, and lemonades for a subtle aroma of freshness. Choose fresh rose petals or freshly packed ones only for your beverages. Muddle the petals a little to release their aroma, and you can stir them into any cool drink. Also, freeze the rose petals in ice cubes for your evening punch.
Candied Rose Petals for Garnish
If you need a flavoured and edible garnish for your cakes, use candied rose petals. It is a sugary delight for your after-dinner desserts. Use a paintbrush for coating each petal with eggwhites. Now dip the petals into crushed crystallised sugar and leave to dry until they harden a bit.
Make Pure Rose Water
It is needless to say that rose-infused water is a delightful addition for any sweet or savoury dish. You can incorporate the floral flavours of edible rose petals into your sponge cakes, custard, or other desserts.
Making rose water is a simple process. All you need is clean and pesticide-free pink rose petals and distilled water to make it in your kitchen. Home-made rose water remains fresh, and you can choose your favourite variety of rose to use in it.
Prepare Rose Petal Jam
From afternoon tea time to holiday platter, rose petal jam is a classic recipe. Spread this jam over your cookies, crackers, or biscuits for a burst of floral flavour into your mouth. With simple ingredients, you can make your rose petal jam. In Indian subcontinent, it is traditionally prepared as Gulkand that uses pink rose petals with white sugar.
For better fermentation, place the jar of unprepared jam in a sunny place where the mixture can ferment for 8-10 days. It produces a creamy consistency in a jam. Once you prepare the jam, keep it in an air-tight jar.
Add to Your Salads and Snacks
If salad greens are your favourites, add a tinge of pink with rose petals. You can sprinkle fresh petals to your fruit salads. Also, add dried petals to sweet granola and cranberries for a perfect afternoon snack. Another exciting and healthy way to use rose petals is mixing them with your plain or vanilla yogurt.
These are some exceptional culinary uses of rose petals.