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Rose water

Rose water consists of the essential oils of several varieties of roses dissolved in water. It is both a skin care product as well as a flavoring ingredient.

Rose water is the essential oils of certain types of roses dissolved in water, and is mainly used to flavor pastries and sweets. In addition, rose water is also used for cosmetic purposes.

Culinary uses:

Rose water is an important ingredient in several varieties of marzipan and is also used to flavor other foods, especially in Arabic, Indian, Iranian and French cuisine ... Rose water is also used in the manufacture of cosmetic products, especially for skin care.

Create your own rose water:

You can also make an extract that is very similar in taste to that of rose water. Here are two simple ways to produce, but both have in common that both the white areas of the rose petals and the base of the flower petals should be removed because they can contain bitter substances. For both methods you need about 45-50 grams of rose petals:

  1. Gentle, slow (raw) variant: For this variation, you should use 2 to 2.5 dl of water in addition to the rose petals. Remove the above ingredients from half of the roses and place them in a container with lukewarm water, which will keep you covered for 2 days. Then remove the old rose petals, prepare the remaining half, which will then also be placed in the closed container for 2 days in the water.
  2. Faster version: bring water to a boil, add 1/3 of the rose petals to the dish and pour over the water and leave to infuse for 1-2 hours. Remove the roses, bring the water to a boil and add the next third of the roses. Let it sit and then repeat again with the last third. In this variant, you can also use more water (300 milliliters or 3 dl), since heating evaporates some of the water

- Take note of your own extract: During your own production, certain bitter substances may get mixed in with the water, which will then affect the taste of the food that comes into contact with it.

Nutritional information:

From Wikipedia: Depending on the origin and type of manufacturing method of rosewater obtained from the sepals and petals of Rosa × damascena from Central Iran through steam distillation, the following monoterpenoid and alkane components could be identified with GC-MS: mostly citronellol, nonadecane, geraniol and phenyl ethyl alcohol, and also henicosane, 9-nonadecen, eicosane, linalool, citronellyl acetate, methyleugenol, heptadecane, pentadecane, docosane, nerol, disiloxane, octadecane, and pentacosane. Usually, phenylethyl alcohol is responsible for the typical odour of rose water but not always present in rosewater products.1

Where it can be purchased:

In addition to being able to buy rose water online, it can also be purchased in pharmacies and drugstores, and it can also be found in larger supermarkets or Turkish grocery stores.

Rosewater vs. macerate:

Genuine rose water should not be confused with an extract (macerate) of rose petals.This extract can be made by placing a few fragrant rose petals with distilled water in a warm place for a few days, then squeezing out and finally wringing out the liquid. In order for the rose water to keep longer, a few drops of pure alcohol should be added.1

General information:

Rose water (Persian: گلاب‎; golāb) is a flavoured water made by steeping rose petals in water. Additionally, it is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals, a by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfume. It is used to flavour food, as a component in some cosmetic and medical preparations, and for religious purposes throughout Europe and Asia. Rose syrup (not to be confused with rose hip syrup) is made from rose water, with sugar added.1

In Iran, India and other countries in the Indian Subcontinent: Gulab; refers to (Gul- Flower) and (Ab- Water) in the Persian language.1

Production method:

A production technique used in Central Iran is based on a steam distillation process, which extracts, among other things, monoterpenes and alkanes from the calyx and petals of the Rosa damascena.

Literature / Sources:

  1. Wikipedia. Rose water [Internet]. Version from July 3, 2018 [cited on July 18, 2018]. Available at: