Rosy Fruit Salad ~ Learning About The Rose Family

Children delight in the beauty of roses.  For most kids roses are recognizable, approachable and wonderful to work with.  We often use the little dried baby rose buds* to make herbal arts and crafts together.  

*I like to buy baby rose buds here from Mtn Rose Herbs! (affiliate link

 

 Did you know these lovely flowers are edible?  And, did you know that roses are part of a large family of plants (called the Rosaceae family) comprised of some of our most beloved fruits?  Fruits like apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, peaches and even almonds are all part of this amazing and delicious plant family.   

 

In teaching kids about herbalism and botany, I find a hands-on experiential approach is always helpful.  What could be more hands-on than making a tasty Summertime fruit salad from rose family members to enjoy with friends and family?  

  Rosa rugosa

Rosa rugosa

This morning my daughter and I headed out to the garden to gather rose petals.  We are lucky to have three different kinds of roses blooming in our yard and we harvested petals from each of our bushes, giving thanks to the roses for their beautiful, tasty gifts.  

 

Back in the kitchen, we carefully removed the little bitter white nib from the bottom of each petal all while delighting in the luscious smell of our little harvest.  

 

 

Rosy Fruit Salad

~ ingredients ~

  • 3 to 4 cups of Fruits from the Rose Family such as: apples, pears, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches  

  • ½ cup Fresh Rose Petals from unsprayed roses (roses are often heavily sprayed with pesticides so this is important)

  • ⅓ cup of coarsely ground Almonds 

  • 2 to 4 tbsp of raw Honey 

  • ¾ tbsp of Rose Water 

  • 1 to 2 tsp Lemon Juice 

  fruits we used ~   white nectarines, peaches, plums & strawberries

fruits we used ~ white nectarines, peaches, plums & strawberries

~ method ~

Gently wash your freshly gathered rose petals and remove the bitter white nib from each one.  Place the rose petals in your serving bowl (reserve a few to sprinkle on top).  Add the honey, lemon juice and rose water, stirring everything together and let sit for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, seed and chop your fruits.  Then add the fruits to the bowl with the rose petal sauce.  Add the almonds and toss it all together.  This fruit salad is delicious served with freshly made whipped cream, yogurt or ice cream.  

 

Roses Are Medicinal Too!!  

The sweetness of a rose is uncompared.  

These lovely and fragrant flowers are truly a gift from the Earth. 

 

 

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