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.
Heat olive oil in a pan and fry the chicken on all sides.
Mix the beef and minced lamb with eggs, garlic, onion and finely chopped ginger.
Make the dressing by mixing olive oil, lemon juice, honey and garlic.
Take rucola, mint, celery, rose petals and wash and rinse them well.
Heat olive oil in a high pan and cook onion, garlic, ginger and red chilli pepper gently.
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?
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.
If flowers are not to be used immediately after harvesting, they should be kept in the plastic container in the refrigerator.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.