Imagine eating the best quality rose-flavoured Turkish delight and then think of condensing ten pieces of such delight into one mouthful.
That’s how it felt when my friend Caroline Dunn served up Rose Petal Preserve on creamy Greek yoghurt at one of her recent garden parties. She explained that her passion for the flavour was down to her parents who gave her a teaspoon of rosehip syrup every day as a child.
‘I just remember loving the taste, the fact that it’s also unbelievably good for you is just an extra bonus.’
Wise parents of the 1960s had all the right ideas about how to make children eat healthy food. First they made sure that food supplements were delicious to the point of being addictive.
Rosehips contain five times more vitamin C than other citrus fruits. And for the wartime generation, the taste of rosehip syrup was also deeply nostalgic.
This was partly because the British Government encouraged families to collect rosehips from gardens and hedgerows. Supplies of citrus fruits were dangerously low after German submarines decimated the incoming supplies from abroad. It became so popular that Boots the Chemist produced rosehip syrup in quantity.
But the key to good quality rosehip products lies in the quality of the fruits themselves, and since the opening up of trade with the EU it is now possible to source naturally grown produce from Poland, from where leading producers also import sour cherries and more unusual berries such as chokeberry, bilberry and elderberry, all delicious in taste as well as high in vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Distribution has also changed, with shoppers now searching out niche products from online suppliers such as Simply Rose Ltd, who only use natural ingredients and deliver their delicious products in equally delicious packaging, crisp brown boxes packed tightly with two-tone pink wood wool.
‘We are finding that people want to use our various syrups in all sorts of imaginative ways such as on pancakes, in salad dressings and as a topping for ice-cream.’
And you might be interested to know that their top seller is none other than the all time favourite – Rosehip syrup.
Try Caroline’s winning formula:
Caroline’s Greek Yoghurt and Rose Petal Pudding
- One 150ml (small) pot of Greek Yoghurt, she recommends the Lidl variety as it is so creamy
- One desert spoon of Rose Petal Preserve (order online from Simply Rose Ltd)
Fill a champagne flute with ice-cold sparkling mineral water and add one desert spoon of Rosehip Syrup – stir well before drinking. Then experience a burst of energy!
Caroline Dunn is the founder of Floyd Promotions and dedicates her life to finding great UK producers. Here is the link to the Floyd Promotions food page and also to Rose Cafe who make the products featured in this article.