Edible rose petals are used in cooking for their delicate floral aroma, as well as for decoration. Popular in both sweet and savoury recipes throughout the Middle East, you'll certainly find plenty of ways to use the rose petals.
How to use rose petals in savoury dishes?
Dried rose petals bring a subtle exotic aroma to Persian rice dishes. Just stir a couple of tablespoons of the edible petals through a pilaf in the last twenty minutes of cooking, and then sprinkle over more petals to garnish. Give our chicken pilaf recipe a try to learn more about cooking with rose petals.
How to use rose petals in sweet dishes?
Infuse the petals into syrups for flavoured jams, jellies and ice cream, or brush with egg white and sugar to make candied rose petals to decorate cakes.
You can even grind the rose petals together with sugar to make a dusky pink dust for coating chocolate truffles, like in this rose-infused chocolate truffle recipe. Sprinkle them over a Persian love cake, or pair with the citrussy-flavoured hibiscus flowers to make a rose petal and hibiscus jelly.
What makes these some rose petals edible, and others not?
There are very strict hygeine and pesticide requirements for something to be edible, which are quite different to the requirements for flowers used in decoration. Those requirements will be given to the farmers growing the petals, and are followed all the way through to the drying and the packaging of the petals.
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