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The edible petals of herbal roses make delicious conserves and are used in salads and desserts. Herbal roses prefer full sun and most of the herbal roses flower only once a year, but abundantly over a month.

Old roses are very tough and need not be pruned. If you wish to prune them for shaping, do so immediately after flowering ceases as they flower on ripe wood. Harvest herbal roses when they have just opened, on sunny mornings as soon as the dew has dried. To dry, spread the flowers on flyscreen covered frames out of direct sunlight.

"Turkish Delight Jelly Hearts"

Turkish Delight Jelly Hearts

The single-flowered varieties of Rugosa rose with their abundant, repeat flowering habit, and tolerance of cold and seaside locations, bear clusters of plum sized hips that are excellent for use in syrups and teas. Harvest the hips when fully coloured and dry in the same way as the flowers.

 

Crystallize rose petals for use in decorations. Ras el hanout and my own masala contain rose petals.

information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs

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Tandy is passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when she cooks. She lives in Gordons Bay in a cottage with her husband, two dogs, a tortoise and a fish. Tandy and Dave are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year they visit a new place to experience the food of the area and you can follow along on their adventures.


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Herbal Rose And Rosehips — 36 Comments

  1. Very interesting post, as always, Tandy! I hope you had a great weekend?
    Zirkie sharing the blog ♥ Spicy vegetables with chickpeas stewMy Profile

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    • thank you Zirkie, we had a lovely weekend and I hope you enjoyed yours as well 🙂

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  2. Hi tandy, a lovely scent filled post! I always think Rose hips are pretty – the flowers such a delicate pink and the hips add colour later in the year. Oh and pass me th ebox of Turkish Delight 😉
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    • I am heading to the nursery today to see if they have any I can plant 🙂

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  3. Very interesting post Tandy 🙂

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    • thank you Hope 🙂

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  4. I just discovered the greatness of rose hips this year and can vouch for what you’re saying…amaaazing!!
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    • thanks Squishy 🙂

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  5. It would be nice to decorate a cake with crystallize rose petals!
    rita cooks italian sharing the blog ♥ Pappardelle with Porcini mushrooms: if you do not have fresh Porcini, use the dried ones.My Profile

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    • I think so too Rita 🙂

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  6. Lovely post Tandy, and so informative
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    • thank you Usha 🙂

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  7. Lovely post, Tandy. Those herbal roses look wonderful. I’d never heard of them before.I always learn something new when I visit your blog. 🙂
    adinparadise sharing the blog ♥ NaBloPoMo is here! Need some inspiration?My Profile

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    • I love that you learn something new here! I feel the same way when I see all your stunning photos 🙂

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  8. What beautiful photographs, Tandy! Crystallised rose petals are some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen on a cake. Very special.
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    • I am going to have to give them a try 🙂

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  9. Edible flowers are so fun! And pretty, too.
    yummychunklet sharing the blog ♥ ffwD: Mushroom & Shallot QuicheMy Profile

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    • they are indeed yummychunklet 🙂

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  10. I love edible flowers! I’m currently hooked on a Portuguese brand which sells them, “Gouchi”. http://www.herdadedecarvalhoso.pt/4241gouchifloresdesidratadas.html
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    • I shall take a look at them 🙂

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  11. Very interesting, Tandy. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    • my pleasure Giovanna 🙂

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  12. I’d love to do more with roses! I think I’d just need to find some organic ones though so I can cook with them 🙂
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    • they must be organic if you are going to cook with them!

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  13. Very interesting. I’ve only heard of rose hips being used in tea.
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere sharing the blog ♥ Apple Cider Brussels SproutsMy Profile

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    • I had heard of cordial as well before this post 🙂

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  14. Great post and now you´ve reminded me t hat I ought to make the most of all the rosehips I see here around me in the south of England!
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    • pick loads to take back with you!

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  15. What a lovely post, I cherish your posts on herbs especially as I love to grow them myself (like the tomatoes!). I bought two fragrant roses in early summer and hope they will survive the coming winter as I want to make more rose gelée (or jelly but I prefer gelée as it sounds so sophisticated).

    And I love Ras el Hanout, what a great idea to add rose petals to it. I have to try this out, thanks for sharing, Tandy!
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    • thank you Barbara 🙂 I am really going to plant some rose bushes after posting this, as they are so easy to maintain!

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  16. Ooh, I would love a few bushes in our garden.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    🙂 Mandy
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    • I must plant one or two as well!

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  17. I think you mean “rahat lokum” (Turkish Delight) and not “ras al hanout” which is one of my store cupboard spices for making cous cous and tagines.
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    • I meant ras el/al hanout as I use rose petals in my version 🙂
      Tandy sharing the blog ♥ Herbal Rose And RosehipsMy Profile

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  18. What a beautiful plant my friend, I would never have thought it edible 😀

    Cheers
    CCU
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    • I love using roses in my desserts 🙂
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