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November 03, 2010

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chelsea

What a fantastic idea - how do you find these things?
I think sugared rose petals (or simply plain petals) would make a nice addition to a dessert - perhaps something made with that lovely rhubarb of yours...

another outspoken female

I've seen your roses, I'd say 3 million is an underestimate :)

Here's Ren's rose petal cordial recipe, I only remember it tasted great at the time not the actual flavour so I'm looking forward to getting reacquainted with it. http://confessionsofafoodnazi.blogspot.com/2007/06/rose-petal-cordial.html

Rosehip jelly/jam (your crabapple is sooo good I reckon rosehip would be even better) and syrup.

Making alcohol from scratch daunts me but I am fond of macerating delicious things in alcohol then sweetening them a little, like raspberries, to make "champagne" cocktails and the like.

Shari Trnka

Rose petals from organically tended rose plants are a blessing in so many ways!

They are best collected in the morning just after the dew is dry. If you happen to find a dewdrop lingering in a shadow, drink it directly as a flower essence. The rose can offer a gift for your heart.

A handful of rose petals, and violets too, tossed into a salad of mixed baby greens is wonderful, especially with a light berry vinegar dressing, or the addition of the first sweet strawberries.

Dry fragrant rose petals for an awesome addition to your fall and winter teas.

Infused honey is also a favorite. I love to collect the morning's fragrant petals, spread them out on a cloth to air dry and check for spiders. Stuff fully dry petals into wide mouth glass jars 1/2 full, top the jar off with honey. Seal with a tight lid and put in the sunshine. Turn it over to fully coat the petals in honey. Turn it over daily and enjoy seeing the beauty for a few weeks while the honey absorbs the flavor and fragrance of the roses.
After straining out the petals there are many uses for the honey soaked jewels. (you don't HAVE to do this for a long time just remove from the sun before all the color bleaches out for best results) Rose petal hazelnut shortbread is amazing. Rose petal coconut milk sorbet is another delicious and beautiful possibility....
If you are so blessed that your violets are fragrant too you can infuse honey with them also. Use less sunshine exposure for the shy violet who prefers more soft light.

These honeys are treasures, food and medicine.

EaT MoRE FLoWERS!

Lucy

Chelsea, I like your thinking, lady...with rhubarb...

AOF yairsss, now am thinking that the sherry might be the kind of make-yer-own that explodes. Even though I've a 'cellar' (that empty water tank) of my own now.

Shari, you are a STAR! Thank you for your beautiful, heartfelt comment. Quite the gift! Wonderful, wonderful ideas, so many of them making my mind spin. Tiny strawberries, rose petals, voilets (yes, they're in bloom too - and smell delicious each time I pass them) tossed with tender spring greens...but the honey ideas...fabulous. I've made pomegranate honey before to great success; just imagining rose honey is almost wild.

Thank you.

Shari Trnka

Enjoy!
flower salads and sun blushed honey with petals are very photogenic too ;)

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