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Nothing says romance like cooking with edible rose petals. There's just something about the fragrance of a rose that's simply irresistible. Even by any other name, roses add a little je ne sais quoi to dishes that can seduce virtually anybody.
If you're interested in learning how to cook and decorate with edible rose petals the first thing you need to do is find a reliable source of organic edible flowers. Conventional roses are sprayed with pesticides and are bred for looks not fragrance so organic roses are worth the investment. Shops like Marx Foods and Gourmet Sweet Botanicals are a good start.
Roses can be used in countless sweet and savory preparations - from fragrant herbal teas and beverages to exotic main courses and tempting desserts. Below you'll find some of our favorite tips for how to cook and decorate with edible rose petals:
1. MAKE A PERSIAN LOVE CAKE
Vibrant pink edible rose petals make a striking garnish for this Persian-inspired cake. A rose water-whipped cream icing and pistachios complete the look. Get the recipe from Manger.
2. PREPARE LEONARDO DA VINCI'S ROSE WATER RECIPE
A true Renaissance man, Leonard da Vinci wasn't just passionate about art and science. He was also fond of food. Here's his ancient rose water recipe which was consumed as a beverage - not just a seasoning.
3. DECORATE CUPCAKES
The exotic flavor of lychee permeate through these buttery cupcakes topped with buttercream icing. Edible rose petals make the perfect garnish.
4. CONCOCT A ROSE PETAL JAM
Roses are famous for their fragrance which, believe or not, makes for a great base for preserves. Here's how to cook a lovely English rose petal jam using simple ingredients. Use on toast, muffins, scones and even as a filling for doughnuts.
5. COOK QUAIL WITH ROSE PETALS
In the novel Like Water for Chocolate, protagonist Tita prepares an exquisite quail and rose petal dish that has heated consequences. Learn how to cook this romantic dish made with edible rose petals.