Roses are edible flowers that kids can use to dress their salads or desserts. Roses are exquisite as decorations on a cake. Edible rose petals make fanciful ice cubes for a party punch on festive occasions. Rosewater as a facial toner has been a favorite since ancient times with the calming scent of the roses and the soothing anti-inflammatory properties of an astringent. In the garden, roses attract pollinators and have an intense perfume making them the flower queens.
Rose hips are the fruit of the rose and can be harvested when they are bright red or orange. They contain lots of vitamin C, have the tartness of crab apples, are good for the skin, and blend well with hibiscus for an herbal tea for colds and flu. Kids can make Rose Hip Syrup to drizzle over desserts or add to drinks for a delicious tropical tasting treat.
Kids can gather two pounds of organic rose hips, mince them, add them to 7 cups of boiling water, bring to a boil again, and set aside for 15 minutes. Pour the syrup through a muslin cloth, allowing it to drip into a bowl, put it back in the pan and add 13 cups of water, stir, and let sit for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture through the muslin cloth into a bowl, getting rid of all the fine hairs. Kids can pour it back into the pan and boil down the juice until it measures about 3 ½ cups. Add 2 ¼ cups of organic cane sugar and boil 5 more minutes. Pour into jars and seal the hot syrup. It will keep in the refrigerator several weeks after it is opened.