Rose bud tea

For thousands of years roses have been used for many purposes, from decorative and aromatic to medical and cultural. Most roses are edible and in fact the petals have been used for centuries as a delicate flavouring agent, some being sweet and others bitter. One example of use is the beautifully fragrant rose tea, a great caffeine free alternative to coffee and tea.

To make ‘hot’ rose bud tea

For the best tasting tea use dried rose buds, Greenfields quality rose buds give a better, more intense flavour than rose petals, chop up before using to help water reach into the layers.

  1. Boil a kettle of water
  2. Warm up your teapot
    To brew your tea to it’s best to include this step – pour boiled water into your teapot and swirl the water around to warm the pot. Throw out the water.
  3. Put chopped dried rose buds into the teapot and add hot water. Cover teapot and brew.
  4. Strain rose buds and pour the hot tea into a teacup.
  5. Add cinnamon or honey to sweeten

To make ‘iced’ rose bud tea

  1. Using cool water put your chopped dried rose buds and water into a pitcher, then cover and place in a refrigerator to  brew for 12 hours (lasts up to 4 days if kept in an airtight container).
  2. Strain rose buds and pour tea into a cup. Add ice if desired for extra coldness.
  3. For sweetness add a little syrup or honey.
Ice rose bud tea

Not only is rose tea a delicious drink it also has antioxidant properties which have many health benefits including:

  • Natural aid to weight loss
  • Improves skin and hair
  • Improves digestion
  • Fights inflammation
  • Curbs hunger pangs
  • Anti-oxidant – helps remove toxins due to its detox and diuretic properties.
  • Boosts immunity

So enjoy!

TIP: for the best tasting, most intense taste use dried rose buds – chop before using to help water reach petal layers