|'Allspice' hybrid tea has a spicy, delicious flavor.|
How can I choose a favorite rose? It's hard, there are so many. For example, I have 2 roses that have been in my family for 2 generations. Both old-rose varieties (sorry, I don't know the name of either one) have delightful fragrance, and thus, flavor. But my growing list of favorites comes from my travels this year, photographing, sniffing and tasting roses. From friends yards, backyard gardens, rose nurseries and botanic gardens, I've compiled a small list of roses that have good fragrance and flavor.
The Rose is the official Herb of the Year for 2012, as designated by the International Herb Association. If you'd like my book, How to Eat a Rose, with lots of luscious recipes, it's available as an instant download, or a book we mail you, on my website. It makes a great gift for your rose-loving friends, too!
Here are a few of the more fragrant roses I've found and photographed this summer:
'Amber Queen' floribunda rose (All-American Rose Selection 1988) '
'Aztec Gold' hybrid tea rose (very pleasing flavor)
'Benjamin Britten' shrub rose
'Double Delight' hybrid tea rose (delicious and fragrant)
'Graham Thomas' climber rose (produces an abundance of delicious, fragrant yellow, double roses)
'Julio Iglesias' floribunda rose (dainty, delicious flavor and fragrance)
'Luscious' hybrid tea rose (delicious, this is excellent for cakes and salads)
'Mary Margaret McBride' hybrid tea rose (All-American Rose Selection 1943)
'Mdme Joseph Schwartz' shrub rose (deliciously scented)
|Any of the roses in this list will taste delicious in a salad!|
'Mister Lincoln' hybrid tea rose (moderate flavor/fragrance for a red rose; most red roses have little fragrance or flavor)
'Peach Parfait', Rosa sp.
'Perfume Delight' hybrid tea rose (All-American Rose Selection 1974 (this is an outstanding pink rose for eating!)
'Playboy' floribunda rose (a temptingly delicious fragrance and enchanting flavor)
|'Playboy' hybrid floribunda|
'Scentimental' ever-blooming, floribunda rose
Wild beach rose, Rosa rugosa (these are prolific all summer, with a continuous supply of large, flavorful rose hips)
|Beach Rose (Rosa rugosa sp.)|