Rose Petal Honey

by Rachel Baker on April 5, 2014

When I was a little girl, my mom had friends that were beekeepers and sold their honey locally. I thought they were pretty awesome and I thought the daughter, who was my age, was incredibly brave to be around so many bees all the time. Often times, when my mom and her mom got together, we’d get new fresh honey…and then, we’d have honey on toast.

I loved honey, and (in my best forest gump voice) momma always said, “local honey is very good for building up anti-histamines to pollen allergies.” – of which I had plenty. Mom would make tea, add a spoonful of honey and I’d drink it, hoping that she was right with her old wives tale about local honey…not realizing until I was older that the magnolia tree outside my window wasn’t what the bees were making their honey out of. ah, well, ya live and learn.

Anyway, over the years, I’ve incorporated honey into my world whenever possible. In the evenings, I used to have a piece of cinnamon toast with peanut butter and honey. Now that I’ve figured out I have a gluten intolerance, I’ve turned this little ritual into a Van’s gluten free waffle – still with peanut butter and yes, still with a bit of honey on it. Honey is truly my go to sugar fix solution.

So… when I saw this article about how to make Rose Petal Honey, I just couldn’t resist posting it, and will be trying it very soon.

On my last day in India, I had my first taste of rose petal honey, swirled into the yogurt I ate for breakfast as I sat on a balcony watching the Taj Mahal shimmer through a haze of humidity. Back home, I couldn’t forget the taste—sensual, sublime, exotic, and familiar all at once, like India. Here’s my recipe:

Virtually all roses are safe to eat; just make sure they’re organically grown (pesticide free). From a friend’s rose garden, I picked a variety, washed and dried them, then placed petals from about six roses in a quart-size canning jar. A half-pound bag of organic Red Rose Petals is $15.95, available seasonally, from Bulk Herb Store.

I poured 1.5 pounds of local honey over the petals.

Read more on how to do this, here:
http://www.gardenista.com/posts/diy-rose-petal-honey

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