I’ve always known that rose petals are edible but I don’t recal ever making anything out of them, other than decorating my mud pies with yellow roses from my Mom’s flower beds 🙂
But this year has been full of experiments! When my Dad let me know that the wild roses just started to bloom on their property I made sure to take a little time over the holiday weekend to pick what was available. I picked off all the full blooms and some of the closed buds. The petals and buds were placed on towels to dry (the petals only took a day to dry and the buds will take a few days).
When I got home I read up on what you can do with the wild roses and found recipes for jelly, flavored syrups, wine, cookies, teas & other goodies. I was most interested in drying the roses for tea until the hips are ready. Teas available for purchase online came in two styles: entirely made from wild roses (rose hips, rose leaves, rose petals) or blended into other teas (white tea leaves, rose buds). For sake of keeping the product local I’m going to experiment with an all-rose blend. Later this week I’ll go pick some leaves when I grab more blossoms and buds. Then after the first freeze I’ll collect the hips to use for tea, pickles or maybe even ketchup!
Stay tuned for later in the year when I come up with my final concoctions, is there anything you make with wild roses that I should put up?