Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Rose~Lovely to See~Delectable to Taste~

The rose has been a favorite for centuries, from queens to servants it has a place of special standing.

There really is a rose for every liking, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Miniature, Hybrid Tea, Antique, Shrub, the Climbers, and the Old Fashioned English Rose to name a few.

The rose originated in China and spread via trade routes through India to Persia, then into the Middle East and Europe. They are one of the most celebrated species of flower across many cultures and are grown in countless varieties.

We are all familiar with the delight a bouquet of roses can bring to our day.

But are you aware of the many culinary and medicinal ways the rose can bring pleasure.

There are three very "old" roses that are used for perfumery and medicinal.
They are: Rosa damascena, ( grown in Bulgaria and Morocco) Rosa centifolia, ( grown in France and North Africa) and Rosa gallica, ( grown in France) They are all highly scented and not as shapely as the modern rose.

Rose water in the culinary vein can be enticing to say the least. Use it in sweet delights such as frosting's and candied petals for cake decorations.
It's lovely added to ice cold lemonade in the heat of the summer.

Rose Water is wonderful to soothe sore and inflamed skin.

The Essential oil of Rose is known for it's ability to ease stress, anxiety and emotional trauma through massage.

May is a month of blooms-I hope your garden has a rose~

Bea Kunz

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