Like punnets of strawberries and the Wimbledon Championships, few things epitomise the British summer quite like a rose garden in full bloom. But while we might know this pretty, sweet-smelling flower as a quintessentially English symbol, it is renowned throughout the world – in particular, for its delicate, fragrant flavour, which is used in cuisine across the globe.
From the popular Indian dessert rose falooda, made with rose syrup, and Moroccan signature spice, ras al hanout, made with crushed rose petals and used to marinate meat and flavour tagines to the favourite Middle Eastern sweet delicacy, Turkish delight – the distinctive taste of roses is surprisingly versatile.
But if you’re looking for a recipe from closer to home, why not try this fragrant alternative to strawberry jam from From Britain With Love? It’s simple to make and only requires a few store cupboard staples – plus a generous helping of rose petals from the garden.
What you’ll need:
- 500g of fresh rose petals
- 500g of caster sugar
- 1 litre of water
- juice of 2 lemons
Rose picking tips:
- Choose the most fragrant roses you can find
- Pick the most vibrant petals for a deeper coloured jam
- Wash your petals thoroughly to remove any chemicals or pesticides
- Remove any discoloured patches
For the full recipe, head to From Britain With Love.