While most of the U.S. is digging out from excessive snowfall, South Florida lawns are green, flowers are blooming, and we’re walking around in shorts. This is why our region is so popular this time of year. Come on down, y’all!
Florida gardeners are encouraged to start planting rose bushes early in February. Planting in full sun and fertilizing later in the month or in early March will yield a burst of growth in the spring.
My neighbor’s roses seem to bloom year-round, and they’re absolutely lovely. While admiring the blossoms, I think about rose-related recipes.
One important point you must know: When using fresh rose petals in a recipe, NEVER use those which have been sprayed with pesticide. My neighbor sprays her shrubs, otherwise, I would beg her for a bunch of petals.
With rose recipes still on my mind, I bought a bag of dried rose buds (that’s all they had) from the Middle Eastern store with the intention of making soup and rose water. I haven’t found a rose petal soup recipe I like yet, but I do have a recipe for making rose water.
Whether you use fresh (organic) or dried rose petals, here is a recipe to keep on hand.
Homemade Rose Water
- 1 bag fresh rose petals (pesticide free) or dried rose buds
- water (enough to cover the petals or buds)
- Place clean, pesticide-free, fresh rose petals (or dried petals) in a pot.
- Pour enough boiling water to cover the petals. Cover pot with a lid. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Place the cooled mixture in a bowl with a tight-fitting lid; refrigerate overnight to allow the flavor to develop.
- Next day, strain and discard petals.
- To store, pour rosewater into a jar with a lid; refrigerate. Leftover rosewater can be poured into ice cube trays and frozen. Once frozen, transfer cubes into a plastic bag.
- When rose water is required for a recipe, simply defrost as many cubes as you’ll need.