I posted a photo of my rose petal honey as a perfect Valentine’s Day gift and since then people have been asking me how to make it. It is very easy really so read on….
Firstly it should be made with freshly gathered rose petals. You need a sunny day. This is because the petals need to be perfectly dry, but also the process of making the rose petal honey requires sunlight.
Choose Rosa rugosa or an old fashioned strongly scented variety. If you are not using your own roses make sure they have not been sprayed with chemicals. I use a mixture of Rosa rugosa and vintage roses which I have growing here in my garden. The pony who is head of fertility management her at Myrobalan Clinic supplies the roses with plenty of organic matter and they reward me each summer by providing enough blooms for me to harvest for medicines as well as plenty for me to enjoy too.
I just take the petals off the flowers, and then dead head afterwards. I find it easier than picking the flowers and then removing the petals, but everyone will have their own preferred method. Once you have picked the petals sort through to remove any faded or discoloured ones and make sure that any little creatures are removed safely to an alternative haven.
Take honey, preferably set honey, and scoop it out of the jars into a temporary container. Now proceed to refill the jars like a lasagne, using a layer of honey and then a layer of petals until the jar is full and you finish with a layer of petals.
Place the lid on the jar but don’t screw it completely tight yet. Leave the jars in a sunny place for two or three hours and then bring them inside, screwing the lids on properly and labelling the honey. It will be ready to eat in about four weeks.
When you open the jar you will find that the rose petals have risen to the top and they can be removed before serving if you prefer, but you can also just stir them in.
Rose petals are traditionally used as a calming nervine and old sources refer to their effect on the heart – making it glad. I find that rose is very good for the heart especially in cases where patients find it hard to move on after a life changing incident in their lives.
Rose petal honey has a delicate fragrance and is delicious spread onto toast or rice cakes. Why not gladden your heart a little each morning?
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