Origin of rose water

Hi all!

Since ancient times, the rose symbolized  beauty and love and has been highly prized for its source of perfume and medicinal use. In the 11th century, the process of extracting rosewater from rose petal became common and the fragrance of the rose was captured and preserved in the form of rosewater.

Rose water has a very distinctive unique flavor. Don’t we all agree? Nutrition expert Christelle Bedrossian explained about the uses and benefits of rosewater in addition to a delicious recipe you have to try!

Rose water, as we all know, is used in sweets such as nougat, raahat, baklava, some types of loukoum and marzipan. It can also be used to add flavor to milk, tea, coffee and dairy-based dishes such as rice pudding and muhallabieh.

What we might not know is that rosewater has a pleasant cooling anti-inflammatory effect and helps digestion. Why not prepare a cold glass of rosewater at home in a healthy and light way so we can hydrate our bodies without adding calories? Check out the easy-to-prepare recipe below:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup concentrated rosewater
  • 1 cup of sweetener
  • 1 cup fresh rose petals
  • A few drops red food coloring (optional)

Directions

  • Pour the ingredients into a heavy based saucepan
  • Bring to the boil gradually, stirring frequently for 5 to 10 minutes
  • When the syrup thickens, turn off the heat
  • Strain out the rose petals and pour the syrup into a glass bottle

Try this light and healthy version and let us know what you think. Bon appetit!

PS: Avoid iced rosewater drink because iced beverages disturb digestion and avoid adding sugar because you will add unnecessary calories.

Love,

Helwi El Hayet

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