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.
Nell Stephenson, the original “Paleoista,” is the author of Paleoista, Gain Energy, Get Lean and Feel Fabulous with the Diet You Were Born to Eat (Touchstone, 2012) and co-author ofThe Paleo Diet Cookbook with Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD (Wiley & Sons, 2010). In addition to her work as nutrition consultant and trained chef, Stephenson is a personal trainer and competitive endurance athlete who credits the Paleo diet for her transformed health and athletic success. Visit her blog at www.paleoista.com.