This year the Rosa species has been chosen as herb of the year. Beautiful bouquets and flower covered trellises come to mind when I think of roses, but I don’t usually think of the rose as an herb.
But then I remember all the recipes that I’ve seen using rose water, or the many times I see rose hip tea mentioned, or pretty tea time treats with candied rose petals. So the rose is so much more than a favorite ornamental plant.
I’ve read that rose hip tea is a digestive aid (medicinal) and since rose hips are high in vitamin C, they may provide relief for the common cold.
Rose water (made from the petals) is an astringent and helpful to treat acne. It is also used in cosmetics.
Candied rose petals (culinary) are used as a pretty garnish for baked goods.
Since I don’t grow roses myself (just one bush), I’ll have to see if I can find a source for organic roses. I’d like to try some of the many recipes I’ve seen using roses. This one for Drop Scones with Rose Petals and Pistachios sounds good.
Do you have a favorite rose tea or baked good?