I love wild roses, one day I’m going to get a tattoo of one. Until then, I’ll just have to experiment with these recipes.
June is the month of roses and we have at least 13 species of wild rose in Britain including the Dog Rose, Field Rose, Downy Rose and the beautifully named Sweetbriar Rose. Amazingly all roses are edible and no part of them is poisonous. The cultivated roses grown in gardens, once grew in the Caspian and Persian Gulf, they were originally cultivated in the Middle East and Ancient Greece in antiquity. From there grew the amazing array of rose oils (wonderful for the skin), colourings, flavourings, scents, syrups, vinegars, medicines and folklore.
An example of rose folklore in relation to one of our own native wild roses is the name of the dog rose. This was given because it was believed that the root would cure the bite of a mad dog and then there is Pliny’s story of a Roman Soldier who cured himself of hydrophobia with the root…
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