Adding fresh rose petals to your recipes is a beautiful way to add flavor, color, and a touch of elegance. As the weather starts warming up, sometimes adding a little bit of flavor and pizzazz to your cooking is fun. But you feel that you are tired of all trivial recipes and want something new to try. Why not give rose petals a go? They will add a touch of elegance and refinement to any dish. 

Here are five amazing recipes that show you just how versatile rose petals can be. From sweet treats to savory dishes, there's something for everyone. Read on to learn about proper care before eating rose petals, what flowers are edible and what you can do with them.

Are Rose Petals Edible?

edible rose petals

Roses are lovely in the garden and fragrant in addition to bouquets, but did you know that roses are also edible? All rose varieties contain Vitamin C, and rose hips are exceptionally high in this nutrient. Roses also have antioxidant properties.

While modern rose cultivars have been bred for their beauty and not their flavor, rose hips (the fruit of the rose plant) have a tart, lemony flavor that is perfect for:

  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Syrups

Rose petals also have a delicate flavor that can be used in other recipes.

If you're wondering how to use rose petals in your cooking, we have prepared five recipes to try.

N.B. Although roses are edible, you should avoid eating them without proper care and preparations. To do that correctly, read more than one article on the internet about dishes with flowers and gather all the necessary information. Only after this, you can cook your favorite dishes and eat them.


What Rose Petals Suit for Cooking

The best rose petals for cooking are those that have been freshly picked and are free of pesticides. You can also use edible dried rose petals, although they may not be as flavorful as fresh ones. Avoid eating rose petals from florists as they may have been treated with chemicals you don't want to ingest. Also, try to avoid the roses cut in the street or other urban places because they can absorb all the exhaust from the cars passing by. It can be dangerous for your health.


How to Prepare Rose Petals for Cooking

The best time to select wild roses or roses from your garden is in the morning.

  • Before the heat, select your flowers after the morning dew.
  • Cut the little white portion off the bottom of each petal before cooking with the flower. These components are bitter and may not be sufficient for the meal.
  • Thoroughly wash the rose petals and place them on a cloth to dry.

If your recipe requires fresh rose petals, take them out of the fridge and use them in 2 hours. Rose petals can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week to prevent them from drying out.

INTERESTING FACT! Rosehip is the fruit of a round, shiny bud-shaped rose. In the fall, after the petals have fallen, you can collect berries from the rose bush and rosehips. Rosehips can also be used in cooking, especially as an herbal remedy.

Rosehips are usually the sweetest when picked after the first frost. Commonly used dried rosehips contain vitamin C and can be infused to make rosehip tea. It can be added to jam or serve as dressings.

One of the simplest ways to use dried rose petals for cooking is to: 

  • Grind them into a sweet or savory spice mix
  • Use them to make flavored sugar. 

Do this by layering a 1:2 rose/sugar ratio in an airtight container and then sieving the petals after a couple of weeks.

Now that you know how to prepare the rose petals for cooking. Give these recipes a try and enjoy the delicious flavor of roses!


Best Recipes with Rose Petals

There are plenty of recipes for cooking rose petals, but almost all of them are based on tea, syrup, or honey dishes. But Rosaholics did a little research and found more interesting recipes for cakes and sponge cakes. Please read our short guide to 5 of the best recipes with rose petals.


1. Rose Petal Sponge Cake

rose petals cake


  • 1 stick of butter.
  • 1 cup of golden caster sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons of baking 
    powder to 1 cup of flour.
  • 4 eggs.
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla.
  • 1 teaspoon of rose water.
  • 4 tbsp of raspberry jam.
  • 5 8 oz. of thick cream.
  • 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries or raspberries.
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar.

How to Cook:

Directions for the cakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 360° Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly butter two 20 cm. round forms and line with baking paper. In a large mixing basin, combine the butter and brown sugar.
  3. When the mixture is soft and pale yellow, add the beaten eggs gently while grating the sides of the basin. Half of the vanilla essence and the flour mixture should be combined.
  4. Add the remaining flour mixture and gently fold it into the dough. Distribute the dough evenly among the cake pans.
  5. Place on a grill to cool thoroughly before sweetening. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpicks come out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. You can prepare fillings and glazes when they're cold enough to handle.

Directions for the rose and raspberry cream filling:

  1. In a medium-sized mixing basin, whip the cream until smooth peaks form.
  2. Slowly whisk in a spoonful of rose water.
  3. Spread the raspberry jam slightly. To get a light and airy texture, do not overmix it.

Mix the confectioner's sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of rose water, and two tablespoons of water to make the rose icing. You may also add freeze-dried raspberry powder or food coloring for a brighter shade of pink.

Assembling your rose sponge cake:

  1. Place the sponge cake on a baking sheet and cover with the cream filling. You can fill the middle with all of the filling or save some for toppings.
  2. On top of the cream, scatter fresh raspberries or sliced berries. First, lightly mash the raspberries to extract the juice.
  3. Place the second cake on top of the first.
  4. Combine the remaining cream filling and glaze in a mixing bowl.
  5. Extra raspberries and rose petals can be used to decorate the cake.


2. Candied Rose Petals

candied rose petals

Here's how to create candied rose petals, and the method couldn't be simpler. It's really just sugared rose petals, and all you need is an egg white, sugar, and a little patience.


  • 1 edible rose blossom that has not been sprayed.
  • 1 medium egg white.
  • 1 pound superfine sugar.


How to Cook:

  1. Pick the individual edible petals off the rose bloom with care.
  2. Wash the culinary rose petals gently, taking care not to damage them. Place the petals on kitchen towels or paper towels to dry. To ensure that the petals are totally dry, blot them with a clean, dry cloth.
  3. On a baking sheet, place a wire cooling rack. In a small mixing basin, whisk the egg white with a fork. Place the sugar in a small dish or on a plate.
  4. Use a soft bristle paintbrush to gently paint a rose petal with the egg white, or dip the petal in the egg white to coat both sides and let any excess fall off.
  5. Then, drop the petal in the dish of sugar. Coat both sides and sprinkle on more sugar if needed, until the petals are thoroughly coated.
  6. Place the candied rose petals on a wire cooling rack to dry and harden.
  7. If you leave the candied rose petals out for too long, they will get soft and moist (even if stored in a sealed container).


3. Rose Petal Infused Honey

rose petal honey

This rose petal-infused honey is the perfect way to add a floral flavor to your favorite foods. It's delicious on toast, in tea, or even can be used as a natural sweetener in baking.


  • Honey. 
  • Rose petals.

How to Cook:

  1. To make rose petal-infused honey, place dried rose petals in a glass jar and cover them with honey. 
  2. Allow the mixture to sit for at least a week so the flavors can combine. 
  3. After that, you can open your jar and enjoy the delicious honey.


    4. Rose Petal Jam

    rose petal jam

    Rose petal jam is a delicious way to enjoy the flavor of roses. It's perfect on toast, biscuits, or even stirred into yogurt. 


    • Sugar.
    • Rose petals.
    • Water.

    How to Cook:

    1. To make rose petal jam, simmer rose petals, sugar, and water in a saucepan until the mixture thickens. 
    2. Then, process the jam in a food processor or blender until smooth.




      5. Rose Petal Cake

      cake with roses

      Rose petal cake is a beautiful and delicious way to enjoy the flavor of roses. In this case, rose petals serve as an addition to your dish. They help to make a cake more fragrant, exotic, and colorful.


      The ingredients depend on the cake you are going to cook. This recipe is devoted to cooking the usual cake.

      • Flour - 200 g.
      • Sugar - 180 g.
      • Eggs - 3 pieces.
      • Filling.
      • Cocoa or milk - 120 ml.
      • Baking powder - 7 g.
      • Vanilla - 10 g.
      • Oil - 120 ml.
      • Salt - 1 pinch.

      As for roses, it’s pretty simple. You just need rose petals.

      How to Cook:

      To make rose petal cake, cook your favorite cake recipe and top it with rose petals. For an extra floral flavor, you can also use rose petal syrup or rose water in the cake.


      Bottom Line

      After reading this article, you already know how you can diversify your dishes and take them to the next level. A rose is a unique flower that can be eaten, and with a specific approach and proper processing, a dish can be given color, smell, and taste. However, remember the rules for preparing these dishes and processing the leaves.

      Rosaholics has an integrated approach to growing plants. The main conditions are quality, absence of chemicals, and freshness of products. Also, only our company can deliver roses to any state in 3-4 days and simultaneously boast the best quality. If you live outside the United States, it is not a problem. And even in this case, we will deliver roses of the highest quality and freshness. 

      Since this is a family business, all family members participate and contribute, as well as a piece of their warmth to each order. As the owners of the Rosaholics, we consider to conduct business transparently and openly for the client. It is like a second home, and all Roses, Sunflowers, Hydrangeas, and Alstroemerias are our small children that we care about.




      What happens if I eat rose petals?

      The rose petals contain compounds that improve metabolism in addition to clearing toxins from the body, thereby aiding in weight loss. Apart from this, eating a handful of rose petals satiates your senses and prevents you from eating more and thus, helps you lose weight in a natural way.

      Which rose petals are edible?

      All varieties of roses are edible, but the ones with the sweetest fragrance are likely to have the most flavor. Rose petals can be used to infuse liquids with flavor or added to sugar or butter to boost your favorite recipes.

      Can we drink rose water?

      In folk medicine, rose water has been used to aid in digestion and reduce digestive upset. According to a 2008 study, there is some evidence that rose water can positively influence digestion and relieve digestive upset. It may also improve bile secretion, which can further aid digestion.

      What are the health benefits of rose?

      Rose gives you that goddess glow. It also supports the body's natural collagen production, our body's protein responsible for healthy skin, nails and hair. Loaded with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, roses can also help ease breakouts and calm skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea.

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      January 19, 2024 — Alexandr Oleynik