Are rose petals edible?


Quick Answer

Rose petals are edible. The white portion of the petals is bitter and should be removed before consumption. Rose petals vary in taste, but their flavor is similar to green apples or strawberries. Darker petals have the most intense flavor.

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Rose petals can be sprinkled over ice cream or other desserts. They can also be used in the making of jams, syrups, butters and jellies or frozen into ice cubes to be enjoyed in beverages.

The use of flowers in cooking was very popular during Queen Victoria's reign, but it existed as far back as Roman times. Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern cultures also enjoy cooking with flowers.

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