Monday, June 2, 2008

How to Make Rose Tea

Roses are perfect for every occasion, including afternoon tea. This is a light and gently flavoured tea that will treat you to the sweet aroma of the rose garden.

IngredientsRose petals - these are available from specialist tea stores; if you have the time, you can also dry your own rose petals - instructions below
Greenpowder tea

Dry the rose petals. If you are not buying rose petals from a tea store, make your own. You will need to be certain that the variety of rose petals you grow are sweet tasting rather than bitter. If unsure, ask you local horticultural specialists for advice.

Pick the rose petals and make sure they are free of dew.
Half fill the net bag and close with an elastic.
Hang the bag in a warm, dry and dark place to dry. This will take anywhere from a few days to a week, depending on the humidity of your environment.
Make the tea. Once the petals have dried, you can prepare the tea. Combine equal parts rose leaves and equal parts greenpowder tea.
Store in an airtight, opaque container suitable for tea.
Make a cup of tea following the instructions for the greenpowder tea. Add honey to sweeten if desired.

TipsIf you have high humidity problems, drying may be better achieved by laying the petals flat on tissue paper arranged over a wire cooling rack.
It is also possible to make rose petal tea using just fresh rose petals. Clean the petals under running water. Place 1 - 2 cups rose petals in a saucepan filled with 3 cups of water. Boil for five minutes, strain and pour. Sweeten with honey.