Candied Rose Petals – from our favorite Eden roses

by on July 8, 2009

candied rose petals recipe

There are a few definitives  in our gardening life that we won’t budge on.

From our many garden successes and failures, our little list of certainties continues to grow year by year. Like every human gardener, we’ve killed many plants due to lack of water, too much water, *accidental* neglect, too much attention and bad gardening choices. But one exclamation mark of gardening and shout out to all gardeners far and wide is that our favorite rose of all time, is the Eden climbing rose.

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the Eden climbing rose in a happier part of the garden

Hands down, this pink/white variety of roses is the one thing that won’t die, even if you tried to kill it. Our Eden climber was started in a small pot and braced to a trellis about 6 years ago. It eventually fought it’s roots out of the bottom of the pot and into the ground. Immediately within the first year of it’s planting, this amazing rose was a continuous bloom making machine. The flower heads are large, heavy and superbly fragrant.

Then, two years ago, we had a spurt of “garden remodeling rage” and decided to transport the rose to another part of the garden, where it was more visible for all to enjoy. After yanking half of it’s root system out of the ground, we wondered if it would ever return to it’s original glory. Our doubts were quickly decimated when, after one full year of spring rains and summer’s warm love, it’s exploding again in a new part of the garden.  Eden roses are just phenomenal because they give out continuous, long climbing canes and within a few weeks of all that new growth, an explosion of buds start to appear.

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lots of delicate rose petals to eat

Since then, we’ve added two more climbing Edens. We don’t like fussy plants because they monopolize too much time, so we often choose not to grow most rose varieties, but the Edens are here to stay.  Our additions of the red variety of Edens are just as gorgeous and fragrant, but not as hearty and bug resistant as the pink/white ones. Regardless, Edens are wonderful climbers that grace our garden with new blooms every few weeks, and bring a flood of humming birds and butterflies to vacation in our garden.

With all these rose petals blowing in the breeze, it feels like a beautiful pink/white petaled snow storm in the middle of Summer. Moments like these are few and far between (although the Edens bring the magic quite often for  a rose) and when they happen, we’ll take a few hours off work, stop everything we’re working on and just sit underneath our sprinkle of rose petals.

Diane

Candied Rose Petals Recipe

Total Time: 24 hours

This recipe is rather challenging until you start to understand the caramel. Too hot & the petals get cooked, too cool and the caramel doesn't want to stick anymore. Make sure you have each step planned for and ready to go. When the caramel is the right consistency, you mustn't lose the window. Also, be VERY CAREFUL while handling the caramel. It is like napalm and it will scar you for life if it is accidentally spilled on your naked flesh. Once cooled, the flavor of these sweet, crispy rose petals are full of sweet rose fragrance. Use them as an elegant topping on cakes, or desserts.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • rose petals
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. In saucepan, combine water, sugar and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the temp to medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved then do not stir anymore. Occasionally baste the sides of the pan with a brush and water to clean up the sugar crystallization. Continue slowly boiling the caramel until it reaches 280ºF (stage where it will harden when poured into a bowl of cold water.)
  2. While caramel cooks, remove petals from rose bud.
  3. Meanwhile prepare a hot water bath in which you will have a bowl holding the finished caramel while you are dipping the petals.  (This will help keep the caramel at a good working temp. for a longer period of time.)
  4. After caramel has reached temperature, pour caramel into the bowl that is resting in the hot water bath. Allow to cool for about 3-5 minutes.  Initially it will be so hot that it instantly cooks the rose petals, but after it cools just a touch you will be able to quickly dip the petals into the caramel without them bubbling.  This is the perfect stage.
  5. Using tweezers, dip each side of the petal (only do 1 petal at a time) into the caramel, then immediately drag the petal on a ceramic plate to thin the caramel.  Straighten out the petal so it is laying flat, then move on to the next petal.  Repeat for all of the petals.
  6. After the petals have cooled and dried a bit (@5 min.) carefully pick then up one by one with the tweezers (the excessive caramel should come off) and sift a light layer of powdered sugar on each side of the petals.  Set aside to air dry for 24 hours.

Todd's Notes: That's it.  Not too bad, huh.  Ok, the first time it might be a serious bitch, but after you start to understand how to work with the caramel it becomes easier and you become a better pastry chef. Use super hot water to help clean up the caramel from your pans and dishes. And DO NOT attempt this first thing in the morning before having coffee.  Trust me.  And remember to be mindful of others in the kitchen when working with caramel.  It can be seriously hazardous.  It becomes like a hot, searing super glue that you just spilled on your fingers. Super ouch. Todd

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christie @ Fig & Cherry July 9, 2009 at 12:54 am

I adore flowers AND eating. What a great way to combine the two! :)

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2 Miakoda July 9, 2009 at 5:38 am

Very elegant :) Beautiful garden and flowers…

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3 Cate July 9, 2009 at 5:48 am

Those are absolutely gorgeous and I’m completely intrigued by the idea, but all the warnings about caramel have me a little intimidated… I burn myself easily enough without having caramel in the kitchen!

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4 Katie July 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

Did you order your Eden or buy it locally? I have been looking for a new climbing rose that is fuss free. This rose is beautiful!

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5 White on Rice Couple July 9, 2009 at 7:57 am

Katie- We bought them locally in Southern California. The Edens were purchased at Rogers Gardens in Newport Beach and H&H Nursery in Lakewood. Hope you gind a good one to start with!

Miakoda- Thank you. Roses always make a garden complete

Cate- We just wanted to put that warning out there you know what to expect, but don’t let it scare you! Once you have your mis en place and work flow set up, the results will be wonderful.

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6 Christi July 9, 2009 at 8:33 am

Your Eden roses are beautiful, I’m adding them to my “list of plants to have in my garden”. I’ve sugar coated rose petals with egg white before, but never actually with caramel! I can’t wait to try :)

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7 Jayme July 9, 2009 at 9:34 am

Absolutely beautiful! I wish I grew my own roses so that I could try this. I’m guessing store bought roses are too covered in pesticides and chemicals to use…

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8 nikkipolani July 9, 2009 at 9:40 am

Beautiful images, guys! With judicious pruning, Eden can be a (biggish) shrub as well. But it does best as a climber as you’ve got it beautifully draped on that arch. I’m a caramel scorcher so I don’t think I’ll attempt candying rose petals.

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9 krysta July 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

so pretty. we have one of those in our side yard, you cannot kill them at all and i can kill mint so that’s saying something! i don’t think anybody understands caramel burns until they have had one. holy effing sh#t do they hurt!

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10 Hartley from Kitchen Caravan July 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm

And now for the perfect use for your newly candied rose petals – sprinkle them on top of these Rose Petal Macarons . Delicious!

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11 Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

How gorgeous! My mom is a rose fanatic.

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12 Simone (junglefrog) July 9, 2009 at 11:13 pm

That is one gorgeous looking rose. Just yesterday we removed our rose “Bobby James” from our garden which was – to be honest – a mistake from the beginning as it is waaaay to fast growing for our small garden and grows about 6 meters a year…! Would the Eden be growing as fast as that or would it be more manageable? I really love the colors and am desperate for a new rose here…

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13 Chez US July 10, 2009 at 11:16 am

Great job & what a task to take on. I loved candied rose petals and usually go to this little shop when we are in Paris to buy them. They make candied violets that are lovely as well. Maybe I will have to give this a try. Are all roses edible???

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14 White on Rice Couple July 10, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Christi – We’ve added the egg method on our to do list. The Edens are great. To grow them is to love them.

Jayme – Maybe go visit a good gardening store and snip a head. They’ll never know ;)

nikkipolani – Thanks. The edens are one of the primary reasons we started using arches in the garden. Just stunning that way. Maybe give the egg coating method a try for the petals.

krysta – “holy effing sh#t” indeed. It reminds me of one scene from the old sci-fi movie “Dune” where he has to put his hand in the box to prove himself. Knarly mad pain.

Hartley – That sounds mighty tasty.

Lynn – Very cool. What are her favorites?

Simone – Ours definitely don’t grow that fast. They’ve mostly been confined to pots, although one is in it’s first year in a new planter, but the longest canes we have right now are about 3m. They all have done well in the pots if you need to restrict them.

Chez US – Thanks. As far as we know all roses are edible. I would imagine that the flavors might vary, just as each scent varies. But remember, we are just guessing on the edible angle. If you eat one and kick the bucket, don’t blame us! ;)

Thanks for visiting everyone. If anyone has any other types of rose varieties they are in love with, or great recipes using roses, we’d love to hear about it. Happy gardening and eating. Todd – WORC

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15 Bethany (Dirty Kitchen Secrets) July 11, 2009 at 1:36 am

wow! the photography is stunning! Never knew about eden roses before, they are beautiful. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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16 npm July 14, 2009 at 11:30 pm

just gorgeous! i am rather obsessed with everything rose.

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17 Aundrea July 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

I have enjoyed my eden climber tremendously just as you have. I have the same trouble with my red climber. Last year I had roses from the eden through November…almost to December! The look fabulous in a little vase on a table for a tea party!

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18 Katie Farmand September 23, 2009 at 9:33 am

The last picture of the gallery is absolutely gorgeous. Love this interesting idea!

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19 Crystal February 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Great recipe! Way better than the egg whites and granulated sugar recipes usually found. After completely ruining two batches caramel (cooked too long and got hard FAST), I finally got it and they are so tasty! I’m making several batches for Valentine’s!! <3

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20 ash July 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

i dont have any roses in my garden, but do have an abundance of mint. do you think i could sub mint leaves for the rose petals?
thank you!

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21 Artemis August 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

To Ash: I’ve only ever done the egg-sugar coating, which you can use on any edible flower or leaf. I especially like nasturtiums~tricky to coat, but the spice they add to the sweetness is fabulous.
Think about dropping a few candied mint leaves on top of a mint julep! Or really anything……I love mint.

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22 MommyCirillo May 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Beautiful! My daughter wants a fairy themed party this year and candied rose petals are just THE perfect addition! (if I can conquer caramel lol). I was wondering about how long would the candied rose petals stay “fresh”? Using caramel I would figure probably until the end of the world but wanted to ask the pros! My daighter’s party is about 3 weeks away and I already am tackling homeaid fondant so wondered if I can go ahead and candy petals now and store them? Should they be in airtight container at room temp? THANKS!!!

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23 White on Rice Couple May 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

They will last quite a while as long as you dry them completely and keep them airtight. You might want to practice a time or two if you aren’t comfortable with caramel. Or else there are the different type of candied petal recipe which are just using egg whites and sugar dusted. Good luck!

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