Can You Eat Roses?

The flavour of rose is something you’re probably familiar with. It’s in Turkish Delight. It’s used in drinks. You can find it in syrup and cordial form. But what about that rose bush sitting at the back of your garden… Is that edible?

The Quick Answer

Can You Eat Roses?

You can eat roses. What’s even more exciting is that there are so many options you have when it comes to eating roses whether it’s dried in tea, fresh in syrups or as rosehip fruits. But that doesn’t mean you should just head into your garden, cut off a flowering rose and eat away.

Before you get to eat them, it’s very important that you ensure the rose has not been sprayed with any pesticides or chemicals. Pesticides that are used on flowers are different from those used on vegetables and will often contain chemicals not safe for ingestion. So first, make sure the rose you’re going to eat from is free of chemical. If it is free of chemicals, then you can move on through this article.

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What Do Roses Taste Like?

As predictable as this may seem, roses taste incredibly floral and flowery. You might think that’s the case for all flowers so is a vague answer but you’d be surprised how pepper and firey some flowers can be such as nasturtiums.

Their sweet floral notes work wonderfully well with salty pairings which is why you’ll often find rose being used alongside pistachios in middle eastern cooking.

How to Eat Roses

Now that you know you can eat roses, you’ll probably want a few ways you can use roses in your cooking? Well here are a few popular options you have:

Make Rose Cordial

Like most cordials, rose cordial is a great alternative to alcoholic drinks and packs a punch of flavour with just a few drops. But how exactly do you make it? It’s fairly easy. You need to bring 1 litre of water and 1kg of sugar to the boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add around 150g of strong rose petals, 1 sliced lemon and 30g citric acid. Stir it then leave, covered, for around 24hrs to infuse.

Once infused, strain into sterilised jars or bottles. You can learn how to sterilise your bottles on the BBC here.

The cordial will keep in the fridge for around one month or in the freezer for around one year.

Make Rose Tea

If you want something a little more warming then rose tea will be perfect for you. It’s also really easy. Bring 500ml of water to the boil then stir in 2tbsp of dried rose petals. Turn the heat down to a low simmer and allow to infuse for around 5 minutes. The tea is ready when the petals have lost their colour.

Strain into mugs and enjoy. That’s all there is to it!

How to Make Rose Tea

Other Ideas

Tea and cordial are the two easiest things to make as they give you a lot of scope going forward. Cordial can be used in drinks but also drizzled on desserts and tea is perfect for a cold evening but also a relaxing summer’s day. But what else can you make with tea?

Why not try making rose syrup which can be used to infuse cakes? You could also try making rose jelly to serve alongside ice cream. There really are an incredible number of ways to eat roses.

Benefits of Eating Roses

So, roses might be tasty adding a floral note to dishes but are there actually any benefits to eating them? Well, you might be pleased to hear that you can benefit from eating roses. Having said that, with such a high water count, the benefits are few and far.

The most obvious benefit is the fact that they have a low-calorie count. It might not be a benefit, but it’s certainly encouraging to hear rose petals are low in calories. In fact, they are roughly 95% water.

The main benefit of roses is their vitamin C content. It’s not particularly high but it is present. If you’re looking for a higher concentration of vitamin C then consider eating the rose hips instead.

Other Questions about Eating Roses

Below are some other questions people often ask when it comes to eating roses. If you do find yourself with further questions, however, then please do ask in the comments area at the bottom of this page:

Can You Eat Rose Petals?

You can eat rose petals, in fact, you can do so directly off the bush. Having said that, it’s important you know the origin of your petals. Don’t go into a shop, buy a packet of petals and start eating them. Chances are they have been sprayed with pesticides. Roses aren’t usually treated like an edible when grown so the pesticides will not be suitable for consumption.

Instead, you need to do your homework and make sure you only use a rose that has not been sprayed.

Can You Eat Rose Petals

How to Dry Rose Petals – The quickest and easiest way to dry out your own rose petals is to do so in an oven. It can be done in a warm, dry room but can take multiple days. Instead, heat your oven to 100c approximately. While it is heating up, spread your rose petals out over a wire rack. This will ensure the heat circulates around the rose petals.

Place the rose petals into the oven and, after just 2 minutes, turn the heat off completely and leave the roses in the oven for several hours. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn or dry out too much. Once they have dried enough then you can place them into an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.

Can You Eat Rose Hips?

Rose hips are actually the fruit of the rose plant. But that begs the question, can you actually eat rose hips. Well, yes you can! In the UK, the hips from the wild Dog Rose are the most desired with the best taste but any rose hip will be edible.

There is a chance that the seeds in the rose hips will contain cyanide which can be quite offputting. Having said, apple pips also contain small traces of cyanide but that won’t stop most people eating apples. One of the best ways to consume rose hips is in the form of a syrup which can then be used as a cordial or drizzled over yoghurt or ice cream.

Can You Eat Rosehips