An informative sampling focused on herbs and tea with an occasional sprinkling of fairy dust and a glimpse into family activities too. The contributions to this blog is the combined effort created by the sisters of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances.
The Rose is an herb! No doubt about it. Every year, The International Herb Association designates a herb as Herb of the Year. This year features the rose. To be selected the herb must be useful in multiple ways such as fragrant, culinary, medicinal and/or attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. The Rose certainly represents all of those!
Roses, as long as they are organic, are delicious to eat or drink. We use fresh rose petals in sandwiches (shown below). Dried rose petals are added to cakes, cookies or tea.
The old fashioned roses have very fragrant flowers and we love to dry the petals to use in pot pourri or in cosmetics. We will also add the rose petals to bath blends and sachet bags.
The "hip" or the seed pod of the rose is fabulous in tea, and in fact it is very rich in Vitamin C. In tea, the ascorbic acid of the rose hips gives it almost a citrusy flavor. Rose hips are often used to make jelly as well.