... that is immediately bringing another question to mind 'does everything has to be utilized?' The beauty of roses is unquestionable, but considering growing population of human kind, shrinking natural resources, will 'only beauty' be allowed in the future?
Pink shoes from previous post made me remember pink roses and unique chance to make my own decadent luxurious rose confiture. Woman make something unusual! It was unusual for me :)
Petals need to be collected from the site that is very clean, not sprayed chemically etc. If you use chemicals in your garden, you can not pick petals of your own roses. Maybe that would be a reason to look for different ways to help plant fight with pests. I found mine in the neighbourhood, in the forest.
The view, the touch and the scent of collected petals are - believe me - very sensual. Even for that experience, every minute of the time spend on collecting it, is worth more than we could imagine..... and it doesn't cost much.... my feminine need for pleasure and luxurious moments was fully pleased in that magic moment of having the scent while sinking my hands in rose petals... Entire kitchen was filled with rose scent...
Which roses to use? All fragrant pink and red. They all are suitable. Connoisseurs are cutting off the white bottoms of the petals, claiming its bitterness. I did't and I do not feel any bitterness.
The recipe that I have used: collect petals, put them in the bowl and cover with cold water for some time to clean it from dust and all other living creatures, that have admired its beauty while we came and have disturbed :)
Then dry them, or remove the water as much as you can and place it in the pot. Add sugar, lemon juice and fry for 30-40 minutes. Voila!
1 cup of sugar
3 cups of petals
1 big spoon of lemon juice