How to Make Rose Petal Tea

Delicious Rose Tea--Pretty as a Picture and Tastes Just as Good

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Rose Tea Anyone?

You may have heard of rose tea and wondered what it would taste like. We all know roses smell heavenly but dare we hope that tea made from roses would taste as good?

I make rose tea all the time and can speak from experience. Yes! It tastes as wonderful as roses smell. An Incredible delicate and lovely flavor!

If you want to try your hand at making tea from roses, it is very easy to do. Follow these instructions for making your own rose petal tea. Once you sample it, you'll be hooked on this wonderful brew.

Rose tea, starts, of course, with actual roses and their petals. Most roses are edible and the petals have been used for centuries as a delicate flavoring agent.

It's always best to pick petals that are at their best, to capture their lovely, unmistakable rose flavor for your tea. Choose petals that are newly opened and discard withered petals or those with browned areas.

Cautionary note: don't use what's known as Christmas Rose, this is supposed to be poisonous.

An Unsprayed Hansa Rose Bush in a Quiet Corner of the Yard Offers Up Edible Petals for Rose Tea

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Collecting Rose Petals

  1. Before you start, make sure chosen rose plants have never been sprayed with pesticides and haven't grown near a roadway.
  2. Gently remove the rose petals. The petals can be placed in a large bowl or plastic strainer.
  3. Rinse these under cool water.
  4. Place on a tea towel to dry or use right away.

Rinsed Rose Petals

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Tea-Making Tip

Rose petals go extremely well with green tea.

Rose Water Tip

If you decide to make a large batch of rose water (by simmering petals in water in a pot), you can freeze this liquid after it cools in ice cube trays and then simply drop a cube into your teapot when making tea. This is a nice way to preserve the last of the petals, as the season nears its end. When it's snowy out, you can still sip rose tree, a gift from the summer past.

How to Make Rose Petal Tea

Simply add rose petals to your regular tea for a wonderful-tasting brew.

  1. Add green or black tea bags to your teapot
  2. Sprinkle in a handful or two of fresh rose petals
  3. Fill tea pot with boiling water
  4. Allow mixture to steep

Now, get set for some wonderful tasting tea.The rose flavor will infuse and permeate your tea.

Non-Caffeinated Rose Tea--For a non-caffeinated rose tea, place rose petals into your teapot and simply add boiling water or use with decaffeinated tea.

It Starts With Petals


Yes, You Can Eat the Petals

If you've made your rose tea by dropping petals into your teapot, you will also enjoy eating the petals. They have a lovely velvety texture.

Rose Tea Info

  • Fresh is Best--It is always best to make rose tea from fresh rose petals. This gives the best flavor.
  • Packaged Rose Tea--while this can be purchased, there's a big difference between dried petals and fresh and between brands. Some teas might have a distinct rose flavor because of artificial flavors, while other teas may not offer much difference in flavor from regular tea.
  • Rose Water--If you've made rose water with your remaining petals, some of this can be added to your tea cup or your teapot.

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Ready to Try Some?

I hope you've enjoyed this look at how to make a truly special and somewhat different tea. If you've enjoyed this article and decide to try some rose petal tea, please leave your comments below.

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Athlyn Green 2 years ago from West Kootenays Author

You will love the rose petal tea. It tastes every bit as good as roses smell.

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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I sometimes drink rose hip tea, but you have introduced me to a new variety: rose petal tea. Looking forward to trying this. Voted up, tweet, pinned.

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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays Author

H Adarsh, in Canada we say "steep." Seep would be something that leaks out, so would not be applicable to tea in this sense.

Adarsh Gupta K 3 years ago

Nice info.. but it's "seep" (not steep).. better word is "infuse" :)

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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Stephanie,

The fresh petals impart a nicer flavor but both dry and fresh can be used, depending on what is available. Rose adds a wonderful taste to tea.

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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey

I actually just bought some dried rose petals to add to one of my tea blends. I think it will be a popular seller.

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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Chspublish,

You'll be delighted at the flavor. Roses taste every bit as good as they smell. Some people like to eat the rose petals after they drink their rose tea.

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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Well what a wonderful idea this is. I've never even tasted such a treat and can't wait to try it when a certain rose bush yields its fragrant flowers. Thanks.

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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Dearest Early Bird Athlyn Green,

See, look at all the good things you bring out in others by sharing your good ideas and thoughts! I love that about HubPages and Hubbers like you in particular!

You are the BEST! I love that we have met here on HubPages!

Blessings to you and yours always, EarthAngel!

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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Earth Angel,

We have a wealth of good things in our gardens and it is wonderful that there's been a shift and return to use of flowers for the flavor and scent they bring to our tables and homes.

I'm a huge fan of rose and lavender tea and your idea about filling a spray bottle for ironing--and scenting clothing--is fantastic!

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Earth Angel 5 years ago

What a delicious Hub Athlyn Green! Thank you!

I use rose petals for lots of things! A close girlfriend is so allergic to perfumes that she can't wear any, but neither can her friends when we are around her!

I have an organic garden full of flowers!

As a solution I started making us all "Rose Water" to wear! It was a big hit! Sometimes I add other ingredients like lavender; my favorite is to add heirloom geranium leaves to the rose water!

It makes a great gift!

Now not only do I use the rose/geranium/lavender water for fragrance, I also use it in the rinse water for delicates, in the spray for ironing, on my pillow cases and as an air freshener!

Your wonderful Hub has reminded me of the delicious benefits of adding the same to teas! Thank you so much!

Earth Angel Rose Blessings Always, EarthAngel!

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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Cogerson,

I make rose tea each summer and enjoy its wonderful taste. It is always better made with fresh rose petals.

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Sounds like something for my mom...the next time she visits us...she is a serious tea drinker...voted up and useful

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