Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sugared Rose or Raw Rose Petal Preserve

The rose petal jam is one of my favorite childhood memories - an unforgettable taste that I have spent years hunting for. I tried rose jams from Egypt and Turkey. I tried rose jelly from Normandy. None of them tasted like the one my grandmother used to make.

The rose petals were gathered in summer and turned magically into a rose petal preserve that was later used to fill doughnuts.

We would spend the whole afternoon picking the most fragrant rose petals we were able to find. They usually came from the abundant Rosa rugosa and Rosa centifolia.

The rose preserve had a nice creamy texture and would smell and taste just like the roses on a bush. The whole summer vacation was captured in small jars. Kind of...

  • 1 cup organic rose petals
  • 1 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

  • Clean the rose petals from all impurities. Cut off the white ends as they are rather bitter. 
  • Gently wash and dry the rose petals.
  • Place rose petals in a mixing bowl and add small amount of sugar. Using a wooden pestle stir the sugar mixing it into the rose petals. Add a little lemon juice. Stir again.
  • Repeat this action until you have used up all the sugar. You should have produced a creamy mass.
  • Place the rose preserve into small, clean jars and store in a dark place. Refrigerate after opening, but do not freeze.  

Enjoy in good company on a slice of raw Essene bread or in smoothies. Add a spoonful to a cup of raw yoghurt or a bowl of sprouted cereal. Use generously during the autumn and winter months to invoke memories of a sun soaked rose garden.

Meanwhile, slow down, enjoy the Summer and take time to smell the roses! 

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

More about the beauty of roses here


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