Rose Flower Tea
Roses are versatile and medicinal, high in vitamin C and antioxidants. You can make rose tea in a variety of ways. You can drop a handful of roses in with your favorite black or green tea and let them steep. Or, boil the dried roses for about five minutes: about 1/4 cup for each cup of tea, depending on your taste.
A Bit of History
Roses have inhabited the earth for 35 million years. They were first cultivated by the Chinese 5,000 years ago and have held a place in the human heart ever since. They’ve been used as symbols of love, beauty, and war, and as additions to perfumes, soaps, and potpourris. The culinary use of roses – as rose syrup, rose water, candied rose petals, rose comfits, and rose tea – spread throughout the world from the ancient Greeks and Arabs to 18th century American Colonists.