Recipes

From starters to main courses, roses can be a versatile addition to any kitchen. Pair them with sour flavours of orange, lemon or pomegranate, add a handful of petals to salads with young cheese and beets. Dried rose petals are often added to ready-to-use spice mixtures where they add to the good flavour balance. Few drops of rose water can transform dishes with fish or chicken and take your senses on a trip through the Orient. In confectionery, sweet taste of roses gives a good counterweight to bitter tastes like coffee or dark chocolate.

Pairing roses with other flavours gives infinite combinations for you to try, and here we offer you just a small piece as an inspiration to get you started. Experiment, try and enjoy in the delicate and delicious aroma of our roses.

Rose water

Rose water

The best rose water is the one that has been distilled, but this is not an easy thing to do by yourself.

Rose Syrup

Rose Syrup

Rose syrup is really easy to make. It tastes delicious and it can be used in a variety of desserts like ice-creams, yoghurts, drinks, cakes or puddings.

Rose flavoured  sugar

Rose flavoured sugar

Here is another quick and easy recipe. Rose sugar is ideal as sweetener for teas or cakes, since it will give your beverages and sweets a nice rose flavour.

Rose Petal Preserve

Rose Petal Preserve

Preserving whole fruit or large pieces of fruit by cooking them with sugar syrup is a part of traditional cuisine in the Balkans.

Persian rose tea

Persian rose tea

To dry your own rose petals at home, all you need are freshly picked rose petals, washed and then carefully dried of all remaining water.

Traditional rose hip tea

Traditional rose hip tea

The best rose hip tea is the one you make on your own. First, you need to collect the hips.

Rose Flavoured  Lemonade

Rose Flavoured Lemonade

Quick and refreshing. All you need to do is add some rose water into this summer drink and your floral beverage is ready to lift up your spirit.

Summer rose drink

Summer rose drink

Mix the tonic and the spring water in a large can. Add to taste some rose syrup or rose water.

Festive aperitif drink

Festive aperitif drink

Put some rose petals in a glass of cold dry white wine or prosecco, let it sit for couple of minutes before serving.

Caesar salad with spring vegetables and rose petals

Caesar salad with spring vegetables and rose petals

Heat olive oil in a pan and fry the chicken on all sides.

Meatballs with  rose petals

Meatballs with rose petals

Mix the beef and minced lamb with eggs, garlic, onion and finely chopped ginger.

Salad with figs  and feta

Salad with figs and feta

Make the dressing by mixing olive oil, lemon juice, honey and garlic.

Rose Petal Salad with Rucola, Mint and  Celery

Rose Petal Salad with Rucola, Mint and Celery

Take rucola, mint, celery, rose petals and wash and rinse them well.

Lamsragoût with  apricots

Lamsragoût with apricots

Mix the meat with the mixture of flour, salt and paprika.

Vadouvan yoghurt curry with chicken

Vadouvan yoghurt curry with chicken

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and fry the onion over medium heat.

Redfish with harissa and rose petals à la Ottolenghi

Redfish with harissa and rose petals à la Ottolenghi

Powder the fish fillets with flour. Heat oil in a frying pan and cook the fillets for 2 minutes on each side.

Chocolate cake with rose water

Chocolate cake with rose water

Cut a circle out of a piece of baking paper large enough to cover the bottom of the baking tin and put it in.

LIME YOGURT CAKE

LIME YOGURT CAKE

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 22 cm baking tin and put baking paper on the bottom of it. Strain flour with baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add ground almonds and granulated sugar and

RHUBARB Pie WITH  PISTACHIOS AND ROSE WATER

RHUBARB Pie WITH PISTACHIOS AND ROSE WATER

For the bottom layer: beat sugar with egg yolk and add water.

ROSE ICE CREAM

ROSE ICE CREAM

Heat the water with sugar until the sugar is well dissolved.

FRAGRANT ROSE BONBONS

FRAGRANT ROSE BONBONS

Briefly boil the sugar, citric acid, strawberry puree and honey.

Oriental yogurt dessert with roses and cardamom

Oriental yogurt dessert with roses and cardamom

Mix raspberries with beetroot in a blender. Add cardamom and rose water to it and mix well.

Moroccan carrot soup

Moroccan carrot soup

Heat olive oil in a high pan and cook onion, garlic, ginger and red chilli pepper gently.

QUICK FACTS

Just like a different variety of fruit, e.g. apples, have different aromas, so does roses. Did you know their taste can range from sweet to citrus and depending on your cooking preferences they can be used for confectioneries and gourmand meals alike?

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Best time for harvesting rose flowers is early in the morning as that is when the concentration of aromatic and nutritional compounds is at its peak.

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If flowers are not to be used immediately after harvesting, they should be kept in the plastic container in the refrigerator.

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Even though stamens of roses are also edible, and they contribute to the overall aroma, people with pollen allergies should avoid them and use petals only. Rosa 'Theo Clevers'™ is perfect for those that do not like to deal with the little golden beads, as it has no stamens!

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Delicate nature of rose petals does not allow hard washing under splashing water, so growing your roses in organic conditions is the best way to go. Shake each flower to get rid of small insects if there are any, gently rinse under running cold water and your flowers are ready for use.

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White part at the base of rose petals can sometimes be a bit bitter, so if you want to reach maximum flavour from your roses, removing the basal part can be a good idea.

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Easiest way to enjoy rose petal flavour all year round is to preserve their essence by making rose water or rose syrup (recipes are available on our website) or dry them and store in an airtight container.

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With its nutritional value roses can match and even outperform most of common fruits and vegetables. High concentrations of vitamin C and antioxidants ensure not just delicious and exotic, but also a healthy meal.

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