The dog rose is a climbing variety of wild rose found throughout Eurasia and western Africa. Like its botanical cousins, the plant bursts into bloom in summer. In contrast, however, the delicate white, pink or red blossoms are void of any detectable scent. Regardless, the flowers are edible and used fresh in salads and soups or as garnishment for cakes and other baked goods. Dried rose petals are added to herbal tea blends and are used to make infusions for use in salves, ointments and lotions. See also rose (hips).
Rose Petals (Pink), 1/4 lb
As the botanical name suggests, Rosa canina is a variety of climbing rose commonly called Dog Rose. This is the species included among food crops commonly grown in residential “victory gardens” to supplement the public food supply during World War II.
Then, like now, the petals were used to make teas, syrups, elixirs and various cosmetic preparations.
Dried rose petals, which are a good source of vitamin C, are a colorful addition to tea blends and potpourri mixtures.