Also Known as
Indian rose essence is extracted from small, deep red roses grown specifically for their inimitable fragrance, which is then diluted to make rose water also called as gulab jal. Rose water is the leftover liquid or hydrosol remaining when rose petals and water are distilled together for the purpose of making rose oil.
How to Select
It is readily available at any chemist or food market in varying content. Buy as required, do not buy in bulk as the fragrance may get reduce with time.
" Less familiar to most westerners is rose water's use as an ingredient in food. In the Middle East and Asia, meat can be cooked and infused with it. There are recorded recipes dating back to the 8th century.
" Rose water also provides the primary flavor for many sweet treats. A teaspoon may be added to mango lassi or marzipan.
" Rose water flavors not only many foods of the Middle East, but also holds sacred importance in religious ceremonies of both the Muslim and Hindu religions.
" Rose water is certainly almost universally enjoyed, with its sweet and deep aroma, and delightful and unusual taste.
" Substitute rose water for vanilla when making pound cake, sponge cake, or shortbread cookies.
" Use candied rose petals to decorate a cake iced with dark chocolate frosting.
" Add a splash of rose water to apple pie filling, custard sauce, or honey cake.
How to Store
It is best kept in refrigerator till expiry date.
" Rosewater-a byproduct of the distillation process-has merits of its own.
" This delicate elixir is commonly used as a flavoring for sweets, especially in the Middle East and Europe.
" Yet its astringent and toning properties make it as much of a treat for skin as it is for the taste buds.
" Rosewater is thought to reduce redness by soothing enlarged capillaries just below the skin's surface. It cleanses and refreshes dry, sensitive skin safely and gently.
" Rosewater can also be used as an ingredient in eye washes; its antiseptic quality fights mild eye infections.
" More recently it has been introduced as a skin toner, and many people also enjoy its use in varied applications of aromatherapy. In ancient Rome, people enjoyed bathing in rose water, and it was, and still is, considered to have anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. For this reason, rosewater was frequently used to wash one's hands.