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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Becky H.
Becky Holland4 years ago

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?

Angela B.
Angela B4 years ago

Sounds wonderful! Thank You :)

Thelma Morales
Thelma Morales4 years ago

Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

susan k.
susan k5 years ago

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.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Kathleen Cazander

Oh I bet that is delicious.

agnes dubreuil

Sublimissime, merci!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

interesting article

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago


Sherri M.
Sherri M5 years ago

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!