Ever consider using wild rose petals in cooking? Imagine the most beautiful scent of the most decadent rose you’ve ever smelled, but as a taste.
Aside from being the go-to choice for many a Valentine’s Day bouquet, roses also offer antioxidant properties and are said to aid in intestinal and liver function.
So, should we simply take a bite out of the buds? Not exactly. Enter rose water.
Yes, you can buy it; but storebought versions often contain added sugars. In addition, it’s simple enough to make your own! Here’s how:
Simply wash rose petals and place in a pot with water. Bring to a gentle simmer for an hour or so, then drain out the petals and let the rose water cool.
Use rose water wherever you’d use water: in a smoothie, in a cup of tea or blended with strawberries to make a homemade, paleo-diet friendly Valentine’s Day treat. It’s the perfect way to end a meal shared with your paleo sweetheart!
Paleo Strawberry Rose-Water Sorbet
24 ounces organic strawberries
1 cup rose water, prepared according to instructions above
3 tablespoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon vodka* (Using a splash of vodka allows for a creamier texture; be sure to opt for a potato based version, rather than one made from grain)
1. Puree fruit.
2. Combine fruit with rose water; let sit for one hour.
3. Drain water; save for another use.
4. Add honey, lemon juice and vodka; whisk to combine.
5. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours.
6. Process in ice cream maker.
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