When the wild roses started blooming recently Big Miss A told me very excitedly that it was time to make rose petal honey again! I was so pleased that she remembered/ I really try to do seasonal things like this ( lots of them! ) throughout the year, season to season, year to year for this very reason - I want her to see rose petals and think "Rose Petal Honey!" for many years to come. I hope that it will bring fond memories - maybe even become a tradition of her own with her own kids.
Some of my most favorite childhood memories revolve around family traditions - things like making Ukrainian easter eggs at Easter, or always going to Baskin Robbins for ice cream each year on summer holidays (back before there was one where we lived - it was a huge big deal)
Blackberries - picking them, blackberry jam, blackberry crisp that my Grandma made each year.
The process is really really simple.
Just have fun pulling off loads of rose petals - there are so many beautiful buds - there will be plenty more to replace the ones we pick.
Combine in a pot with honey and leave on low heat - I left mine for a couple hours - then let it sit steeping longer off the heat. I prefer not to heat our honey - we get it raw and unpasteurized from a local farm - heating kills the enzymes in the honey. I keep the heat as low as it goes.
Strain it while it's still warm - reheat a bit if you've let it cool too much.
So decadent in tea, or on toast - I bet it would be wonderful on plain yogurt! I'll have to try it...