The Many uses of Roses

In Iran rose petals are crushed into a fine powder which is often used for food decoration .Rosewater which is quiet fragrant can be found in ice cream, sherbets, refreshing summer drinks and in sweets adding a very sweet and fragrant note.

Rose Water Sorbet with Chopped Pistachios
Here is a recipe I found for rose flavored sherbet.
For a super-smooth treat, freeze in an ice-cream maker, preferably one big enough for 3 quarts. You can substitute orange flower water for rose water. Rinse pistachios, and pat dry with a paper towel to remove salt. Prep: 35 minutes; Cook: 5 minutes.
Yield: Makes about 2 quarts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3  cups  sugar
  • 1/2  cup  light corn syrup
  • 1/4  cup  mild honey
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  (about 1/2 envelope) unflavored gelatin dissolved in 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2/3  cup  rose water
  • 1  tablespoon  finely grated lime zest
  • 1  to 2 drops each red and yellow food coloring, if desired
  • 1/3  cup  finely chopped pistachios

Preparation

1. Bring first 3 ingredients and 6 cups water to a boil in a large, heavy, nonstick saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes.2. Remove pan from heat, add gelatin mixture, and stir to combine. Mix in rose water and lime zest; add just enough food coloring for a dark, warm, rosy hue, if desired. Transfer sorbet mixture to 2 (1-quart) preserving jars, screw lids on tightly, and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to make sorbet.3. Transfer sorbet mixture to the freezer container of an ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Store in freezer until ready to use, letting sorbet soften 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature before serving, or divide among individual serving dishes, top with pistachios, and serve immediately.Courtesy of Suzanne Williamson Pollak, MyRecipes, MAY 2007 via Find My Recipes 
Another really cool idea is freezing whole rose buds and adding them into drinks. Spotted via  French Blue
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Each April, some 2000 farms in the uplands near Taif turn pink
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