How to Make Rose Petal Tea
Delicious Rose Tea--Pretty as a Picture and Tastes Just as Good
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.
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Collecting Rose Petals
- Before you start, make sure chosen rose plants have never been sprayed with pesticides and haven't grown near a roadway.
- Gently remove the rose petals. The petals can be placed in a large bowl or plastic strainer.
- Rinse these under cool water.
- Place on a tea towel to dry or use right away.
Rinsed Rose Petals
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.
- Add green or black tea bags to your teapot
- Sprinkle in a handful or two of fresh rose petals
- Fill tea pot with boiling water
- 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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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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