Roses are edible but you have to find the right kind.
Before consuming any plant or flower, do your research and check with a medical or plant professional. NOT EVERY FLOWER/PLANT IS EDIBLE – Don’t eat flowers if you are pregnant, have a pollen allergy, or floral allergy. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat.
Never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. Identify the flower exactly and eat only edible flowers and edible parts of those flowers.
Always remember to use flowers sparingly in your recipes due to the digestive complications that can occur with a large consumption rate. Most herb flowers have a taste that’s similar to the leaf, but spicier. The concept of using fresh edible flowers in cooking is not new.
Looking for more information on edible flowers? Check out these books.
The Edible Flower Garden by Rosalind Creasy
Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants by “Wildman” Steve Brill with Evelyn Dean
Edible Flowers: From Garden to Palate by Barash, Cathy Wilkinson
Try growing your edible flowers.
Don’t want to poison yourself? I don’t blame you. Use this gin.
You don’t have to be a premier botanist to enjoy this recipe. We recommend that you use Glendalough Wild Rose Gin which is floral in flavor and has that beautiful rosy color.
This gin recommendation came from my wonderful friend from college, Erica. I should probably stop stealing ideas from her but she was also the inspiration for the Shirley Temple Ma’am. Sorry, Erica. Follow her on TikTok where she opens cute, surprise figurine packages.
Rose Gin Spritz
This is one romantic-looking cocktail that you’ll definitely want to treat yourself with!
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1.5 oz of Glendalough Wild Rose Gin
- 1 bottle of Prosecco
- 1-2 Edible Rose Petal for garnish
Muddle the lime and sugar together.
Transfer to a cocktail shaker with ice and the gin. Shake until chilled.
Pour into a chilled glass and finish with Prosecco. ??
Tips & Tricks: It’s all about quality ingredients! Just as you should source quality edible rose petals, up the ante with a nice Prosecco that isn’t overly sweet.
Roses are great but what is your favorite flower? Let us know in the comments below.