I was recently asked about the roses that we grow on our homestead and was glad to spend some time sharing some Rosa Rugosa Recipes and tips on caring for and harvesting rose petals and rose hips. I was quite delighted really because they are one of my favorite ingredients to use in the kitchen, the soap room, the apothecary and anywhere else I can think to use them.
Rosa Rugosa, Pierette Pavement
We primarily grow the Pierette Pavement a Rosa Rugosa hybrid Rose. It is a lovely deep It grows abundantly and has endured hard winters, heavy snow and late frosts, always recovering. Hardy to zone 3 this is a rugged rose that can be grown as a hedge. It is not the most elegant rose but it sure is beautiful. This is a dependable and disease/insect resistant rose. This variety is nice and fragrant and repeat blooms until frost. It isn’t as fragrant as the famous Rose Otto but it is far more fragrant than a lot of other ornamental varieties. Rosa Rugosa roses also tastes really good!
A Love of Roses
The rose petals are beautiful to work with in skincare and culinary recipes but the rose hips are the most nutritional/medicinal with a wide range of health benefits including being high in vitamin C which is excellent for herbal tonics and syrups. Although there can be a bit of work involved in using the rose hip we think it is well worth the effort.
The trick to getting a LOT of rose hips is to ensure that the flowers have been pollinated before harvesting any roses!
Rosa Rugosa Recipes For Culinary
You’ll find quite a lot of recipes utilizing roses on this website and there will be more coming soon. Here are some of our favorites for culinary use. You can use wild roses and other varieties of rose as long as they have not been treated with chemicals.
Rosa Rugosa Recipes For Health
Rosa Rugosa Recipes for Beauty
Where To BUY rose petals & rose hips
If you don’t have access to rose petals or rose hips but would like to create beautiful things with them, you can find organic packages of them online at a variety of locations. I have used and was very happy with the quality of both Davidson’s Tea Bulk, Organic Rosehips and Starwest Botanicals: Organic Red Rose Buds & Petals Whole.
Herbal Academy Botanical Skincare Course
Come join me on on the latest Herbal Academy online course and learn to make your own botanical skincare! I’ve seen sneak peeks of some of the recipes and could not resist signing up! Regularly priced at $200, you can enroll through to July 7th 2019 for only $149 (USD)!
With over 200 herbal recipes in the course, you’ll be empowered to make all sorts of pure and natural products at home.
The course will provide a foundation in skin health, including anatomy and function, as well as nutrition and lifestyle tips to help you better understand the practices that influence the health of your skin. You’ll also learn the basic skills for designing, producing, and using homemade herbal skin and body care products. Detailed video and written tutorials guide you along the way.
The course will include recipes, and guidance for
- Bath products and steams
- Body scrubs
- Cleansers, toners, and masks
- Compresses and poultices
- Creams, lotions, and body butters
- Gels and serums
- Hair care products,
- Hydrosols and sprays
- Infused oils and salves
- Internal recipes such as teas, tinctures, and delicious meals
- Even some cosmetics!
- And so much more…
For the complete course details and access the sign up page here: Herbal Academy course Details!
You can find a few of our rose petal sachets in our homesteaders co-op store. We’ll be adding to our inventory in the Autumn. For now I busy admiring, gathering and drying petals and other ingredients from the land for use in this years product line up which I am very excited to share with you.