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Types of Edible roses

Did you know some roses were edible? It turns out they are parts you can consume and benefits too. But is it safe to eat? Well, I have compiled 7 types of roses safe to add to your salads, jellies, granolas, or punches.

  • But before we look at the popular edible roses, let’s briefly note which parts are edible;
    The most commonly used part of the flower is the petals. You can use petals in salads or as garnishes on desserts and ice cream. In Greece, the petals are chopped and mixed with honey to make a spread. For a sweet dish, it can also be candied.
  • Hips: Its tangy apricot flavor and health benefits make the rose hip a favorite of rose enthusiasts. Rose hips have more Vitamin C than the orange and are considered as a false succulent fruit – meaning, the edible part is not from the ovary wall. It can be used in a variety of dishes, such as jams, sauces, puddings, and teas. While they can be eaten fresh, it is better to incorporate them into the mentioned dishes.
  • Leaves-The rose leaves are safe to eat. While they cannot be used in salads, they are best used in herbal tea mixes.
  • Buds-Rose buds are fragrant and filled with rose flavors. Before the bud fully opens, harvest it and let it dry indoors for about a month. Store them in jars and use an additional flavor for your tea.

Tip: First-time eaters with food allergies should only eat a small portion first to ensure the roses won’t trigger their allergies.

  1. Blanc Double de Coubert. Pure white semi-double rose variety with intense aroma blooms from summer to fall. With big orange-red hips, it grows up to five feet tall. For a rich Vitamin C drink, or to flavor jams and jellies, add the Blanc Double de Coubert’s hips to your tea.

Blanc double rose

2.  Lady of Shalott. Suitable for first-time rose gardeners. Despite poor soils, it grows well as a hardy, disease-resistant rose. Its apricot-yellow flowers and spiced apple and clove scent make it a good tea-making plant. It blooms throughout the year.

Shallot rose

3. Teasing Georgia. The yellow rose Teasing Georgia climbs beautifully. There is no doubt that its rosette-shaped flowers contribute to its beauty. In addition to being very healthy, this rose has a strong scent of tea rose.

Teasing Georgia rose

4. Golden Celebration. Has rich golden-yellow flowers and is one of the largest-flower in all of David Austin’s English Roses – a well-known Rose breeder.

While they primarily have a tea scent, the Golden Celebration also develops a scent of Sauternes wine combined with strawberry.

Golden Celebration rose

5. Crown Princess Margareta. An apricot-orange-colored rose variety with large flowers.

The climbing rose has a fruity, intense scent under the tea rose type.

6. Graham Thomas. With average-sized cupped flowers, Graham Thomas has a rich yellow color.

Fresh tea rose aroma is present in medium to strong amounts. This variety blooms from early summer to late fall.

7. Jubilee Celebration. With hints of gold, this large rose variety was named after the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

There is a pure lemon zest scent in a young flower. In its mature state, it will smell like a fruity rose with a hint of lemon and raspberry.

A tip to remember is that when a rose smells fragrant, it’ll probably taste good as well.

Adding roses to your kitchen can bring new life to your dishes. Just keep in mind that there are appropriate processes for how incorporating roses into your dishes. Knowing all those things will help you take your homemade dishes to the next level!

Also, don’t forget not to consume roses that aren’t grown for consumption. They may be contaminated with pesticides that are harmful when ingested by humans.

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