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Everythings rosy - Uses & benefits of rose petals

Roses have a long and beautiful history. Believed to be 350 million years old they have been used as confetti, for medicinal purposes, for perfume and as a source of food. 

All rose petals are edible, not just the wild varieties we come across in the countryside but also the cultivated ones in your garden. They are in the same family as strawberries and apples and as well as the delicate petals in the summer they also have an extremely nutritional fruit that follows. If you have a particular favourite rose with a great scent and you know its not been sprayed with pesticides, it can be harvested and used in a variety of ways. 




CUT FLOWERS
The most obvious way to use your roses is to cut them and display them in the house to make the most of their enchanting look and smell

ROSEWATER
Lots of recipes call for rose water and it is very expensive too but pretty simple to make. All you need to do is put your rose petals just covered with water in a pan and simmer for 30 mins. Once simmered strain…

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