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 rosehips when fully coloured and dry in the same way as the flowers.
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. 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. Crystallize rose petals for use in decorations.
Looking After Your Roses
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.
Roses In Recipes
Roses In Aromatherapy
Roses have been used for a long time in the production of essential oils, perfumes and rose water. The Arabs first started distilling rose petals with water in the 9th Century to create rose water. Do not confuse aromatherapy rose water with the one used for baking. Rose oil is still considered one of the most important of all scents in perfumery. The most notable of this is the essential oil from damask roses. They were brought to Europe from Damascus by the Crusaders. If you wish to plant this variety at home, look for the Persian rose Ispahan.
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