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Make Your Own Rose Petal Honey

Make Your Own Rose Petal Honey

On her last day in India, Gardenista contributor Maria had her first taste of rose petal honey. Back home, she couldn’t forget the taste—sensual, sublime, exotic, and familiar all at once, like India. Here, she shares her simple recipe to make your own. For the full story, go to DIY Rose Petal Honey on Gardenista.

Above: Virtually all roses are safe to eat; just make sure they’re organically grown (pesticide-free). From a friend’s rose garden, Maria picked a variety, washed and dried them, then placed petals from about six roses in a quart-size canning jar. She then poured 1 and a half pounds of local honey over the petals.

Above: You can experiment with the proportion of petals to honey, depending on how strong you want the infusion to taste.

Above: Maria recommends allowing the honey to steep for two weeks in a cupboard, turning the mixture every five days (as the petals tended to float to the top). Next, I strained out the petals in a colander, mashing the roses with a wooden spoon to wring out more honey. I poured the honey back into the jar; I use it on yogurt and scones, or as a condiment for cheese plates.

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12:03PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

my cousin is a beekeeper and makes spiced honey. wonderful. i may have to try rose flavored honey. wonder how the taste would work with nasturtiums?

11:54AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Sounds wonderful! Thank You :)

6:26AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

5:55AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Sounds interesting , but could you not just eat the rose petals and honey together ? I would!! .Seems like you should not waste the petals . Pick them when the the petals are about to drop that way you know they have been visited but the bee's too.

6:06AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Thank you

11:27AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Oh I bet that is delicious.

6:16AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Sublimissime, merci!

12:27AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

interesting article

2:31PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012


9:14AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

I've always made 'Rose/Clover Honey' year after yr, with rose petals, red and white clover flower heads, sugar and water. Has always been a great hit and now my daughter and one of my sons make it themselves! Your recipe idea is very simple and no big batches so would be great for just me now....can't wait to make it!

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