Spotlight On Rose Water
One of the traditional elements of Lebanese food is the flavorsome rosewater. It is a subtle and delicate addition to many desserts, sweets and drinks and we’re going to show you how to use it best! Let’s dive into it…
A traditional addition in many oriental beverages, rosewater makes any drink more refreshing while adding a sweet taste to the mix. In summer, it is perfect when added to lemonade because it soothes the acidic nature of the lemon juice and removes the need for sugar.
Another classic drink made better by rose water is Jallab. This Middle-Eastern drink is an utter delight in the summer! Made from carob, dates, grape molasses and the aforementioned rose water, it comes in the form a syrup to which you only add water and pine nuts. You won’t get enough…
In Lebanon, those who want a digestive drink after a hefty meal usually go for white coffee. It’s a simple cup of warm water and orange blossom water but the latter can easily be replaced by our beloved rose-flavored distillation. This warm soothing drink helps digestion, relaxes the body and gives a whole new dimension to your afternoon nap! But before getting there…
There is a variety of Lebanese desserts and snacks with a delicious taste of rose. Kellaj Ramadan, for instance, is a traditional dish during the holy month, while Easter is celebrated by making Maamoul stuffed with dates, pistachios or walnuts. When there are no specific occasions, you can find rose water in delicious pudding-like snacks such as Mouhalabieh. It’s a sweet, easy-to-make dessert that will please your kids, your guests and your budget! For a thicker, heavier version, try the Ashtalyeh, an absolute delight and the perfect end to a picnic as it is easily packable.
Rose water has been used for centuries around the globe for its healing powers, but where it really make a difference is your skin. Since it has very strong anti-inflammatory properties, you can apply it to reduce the redness from irritated or over-heated skin.
Its aroma is a great mood elevator and makes your mind shake off the feelings of anxiety and stress. You don’t even have to drink it! Just apply it on your skin before you go to bed, it will help you fall asleep. If you do that daily, you will soon find your skin more at ease and the signs of fatigue disappearing.
Of course these are only the most common uses for rose water but they’re not the only ones. Many cultures integrate it in delicious main courses such as the chicken and rosewater biryani from India or the Ottoman lamb with saffron and rosewater rice pilaf from Turkey. What warm dishes do you use it in?
So don’t hesitate to go for rose water, it’s good for your body, your soul and it’s delicious too! Use it in your cooking and share with us the experience you’ve had with our 100% natural Rose Water!