r. gallica officinalis
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All roses are edible. Rose petals can be added to salads or sprinkled on desserts, used as edible decorations and made into tea. Darker ones have more flavor. Be sure to remove the bitter white portion of the petals. Different types and colors have quite different tastes In India, they dry the petals, grind them into powder and then use the powder in everything, but you can eat the petals fresh straight off the plant. Rose Hips, At the base of the flower is a “hip”, a red cranberrylooking thing. Rosehips are a famously super high source of vitamin C, riboflavins and antioxidants, also used to help with constipation.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz