Archive | June 2008

Making Jam from Rose Petals


Rose Petal Jam

 

1 cup fresh rose petals (must never have been sprayed with any chemicals)

¾ cup water

2½ cups sugar

1 package pectin (i.e. Sure Jell)

¾ cup water

 

Puree rose petals, ¾ cup water and lemon juice in blender until smooth. Slowly add

sugar. Blend till all sugar has dissolved (leave in blender). Stir 1 package pectin

(i.e. Sure Jell) into ¾ cup water, bring to a boil, and boil hard for 1 minute. Pour

mixture into blender with rose petal mixture until well blended. Do this very quickly –

it sets up FAST!! Pour into baby food jars. Let set for 6 hours, till firm. Will keep one

month in refrigerator. Freezes well.

 

Meaning of Flowers – The Rose


Rose ~ The Flower of Love

Botanical Name ~ Roseceae “Rosa” Family

 

White ~ I am worthy of you

Pale Pink ~ Innocence

Hot Pink ~ Infatuation

Red ~ Love, Passion

Yellow ~ Friendship, Honor

Peach ~ Beauty, Grace

 

One of the oldest flowers known to mankind, and perhaps the most popular,

the rose represents love, magic, hope and the mystery of life.

 

Nebuchadnezzarused them to adorn his palace. In Persia, they were grown for the perfume oil,

and the petals filled the Sultan’s mattress. In Kashmir, the Emperors cultivated

elaborate rose gardens and the roses were strewn in the river to welcome them

home.

 

Emperors filled their sitting baths and fountains with rose-water and

sat on carpets of rose petals. The Greeks associated the rose with the blood of

Aphrodites (the Goddess of Love) beloved Adonis. The Roman’s used roses in

feasts and orgies. From an image of Pagan love, the rose was transformed into

an emblem of Christian spiritual love connected with the Virgin Mary, with

Christ’s blood and with the Crown of Thorns.

 

The rose was created by Chloris, the Greek Goddess of Flowers, out of the

lifeless body of a nymph found one day in a clearing in the woods. Asking

for Aphrodite’s help, she gave the nymph beauty, Dionysus (the God of Wine)

gave her a sweet scent, and the three Graces gave her joy, charm and

brightness. Zephyr (the West Wind) blew the clouds away so that Apollo

(The Sun God) could shine upon her and make the flower bloom. The rose

was born and crowned the “Queen of All Flowers.”

 

To order Roses for someone you love and admire, visit: Eden Florist