Sunday, October 30, 2011


Rose perfumes are made from “attar of rose” or “rose oil”, which is obtained by steam distilling the crushed petals of roses. The weight of oil extracted is about two thousand flowers to produce one gram of ESSENTIAL OIL.

 An associated by product of this, is “ROSE WATER”, which is used for cooking, cosmetics and medicine. ROSE WATER is widely used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine.
In France, “ROSE SYRUP” is made from rose petals extracts. In the US, this French ROSE SYRUP is used to make rose scones and marshmallows.
The aggregate fruit of a rose is called "rose hip" known to contain vitamin C
Rose is the name of color halfway between red and magenta on the HSV (RGB) color wheel.
Red roses are used to make “Rose red dye” and being used to dye wool.
Rose red color matches well with green.
MENU FOR SUPPER:  ROSES BY MOONLIGHT - This beautiful  recipe name was given by 
 My Adorable One- How charming....

MENU FOR BREAKFAST:  JASMINE BUDS- Such a fragrant flower

As for me, I eat 3 rosebuds with honey  for  supper, eat nothing else at this hour. Remove and throw away the outer petals, cut each bud into half. Pour over honey or nectar. Enjoy, it’s traditionally believed to help maintain youthful skin, but i eat only twice a week.

I do the same for jasmine buds, 7 buds a day, during breakfast. I am not a 
health or beauty freak, I just simply enjoy eating them raw…

 so, if you are a health or beauty freak, eat rosebuds and jasmine buds  twice 
a week for each - perhaps with honey, nectar or salad dressing. Enjoy.

Jasmine, a member of the olive family, is also used for making jasmine tea, jasmine syrup, ESSENTIAL OIL and jasmine ABSOLUTE used in perfume and incense.
There are about 200 species of jasmine flower, I am referring to the one (buds) as shown in the photo above. It is the national flower of Indonesia, by the name “melati putih”. It is also the national flower of Pakistan, Philippines, Hawai and Tunisa. In Malaysia we call it “bunga melur”.
Used in perfumery and aromatheraphy, ABSOLUTES are similar to ESSENTIAL OILS. They are concentrated, highly-aromatic oily mixtures extracted from plants.
Essential oils can be produced through steam distillation techniques.
Absolutes require the use of solvent extraction techniques.
Nectar is a sugar-rich liquid produced by plants, either by the flowers, in which it attracts  pollinating  animals ( such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds), or by extrafloral nectarines. Nectar is produced in glands called nectaries
Nectar is an ecologically important item, the sugar source for honey.
For a complete breakfast, I normally eat the food above- but the one in the photo is too much, I eat only half of that and I bet you all too. See my earlier post on meat balls..

Best eat the 5 color varieties of fruits and vegetables, for maximum nutritional value. They are green, orange/ yellow, red/blue , white and red.

The green color of leafy veggies is due to the presence of the green pigment, chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll has been proven effective against cancer.  The darker the green, the higher the content of vitamins. (examples-broccoli, lettuce, zucchini, kiwi)

The yellow/ orange color of fruits and vegetables are due to the presence of “carotenoids”, which are also affected by normal cooking processes or changes in pH. (examples- papaya, carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, mangoes, corn, cantaloupes(honey dew melon) and apricots).

 The red/ blue color of some fruits and vegetables  (e.g.  blackberries, blueberries, grapes, beets, eggplants, figs and red cabbage ) are due to “anthocyanins”  (antioxidant compounds) which are sensitive to changes in pH.

When pH is neutral, the pigments are purple  and when acidic, red and when alkaline, blue. These pigments are very water soluble. Anthocyanin is believed to be good for a healthy heart. Fresh blueberries contain more anthocyanin.

The white and brown group- garlic, onions, bananas and mushrooms. Their particular phytochemical is allicin, which would help to prevent certain cancers and which would be good for heart health.

The red group. They contain lycopene, (an antioxidant) which could reduce the risk to contract prostate cancer  and many more health benefits. Its effect would be even greater when tomatoes are cooked. Their flavor is destroyed in the refrigerator.  Hold them at room temperature. Other red fruits and vegetables are red carrots, red watermelons, dragon fruit and papayas (but not strawberries or cherries).
Cook first then blend.
Saute garlic in 1 tsp oil, add chicken broth. You may use chicken cube stock and add water to it. When boiled, add in salt, pepper, minced yellow capsicum and spinach.

After 2 minutes, turn off fire, immediately pour veggies into a bowl and let cool.
Do not leave veggies in cooking pot as  the heat  makes them overcooked.
When cooled- blend. When ready to serve, boil again on high heat, the moment it boils, turn off fire.
Water-soluble nutrients are destroyed with prolonged cooking time. When you cook vegetables in water, those nutrients will leach into the cooking liquid, so try to use the cooking liquids in soups and stews.


  1. hi wan, never ever cross my mind that the rose and jasmine buds can be eaten, no wonder you look so striking beautiful!! thanks for all the notes given here.

  2. Slam, Its totally unique,,very interesting!! Love it :)

  3. thats plenty of sharing here. I grow roses and jasmine in my garden but have not done as you have shared. Must try a try to this knowing its so great for the skin.

  4. Hello Wan, wow! Very original, very creative. Now I know your beauty secrets....
    If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I'd be picking roses for a lifetime.
    What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

    The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.
    And the fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
    Keep a song in your heart and have a great week.

  5. I don't think I have tried rose buds, and I have seldom tried rose water. Thanks for the interesting insights, I will try to incorporate rose water in some of my desserts when I buy a bottle.

  6. This sounds delicious! I've been looking for a reason to buy rose water.

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  8. I ate rose buds but I never ate jasmine buds. Such a fascinating article, I bet jasmine buds have a beautiful aroma. Excellent post! :D

  9. Delicious combo n a healthy ones..jasmine, rose petals with honey,sounds great!!

  10. Hi Ms Wan! :) I neverknew that rose and jasmine buds can be eaten, I thought they can only be use for making perfume and oil! Now It's unique way to maintain youthful skin, Wow! Thanks for sharing us your knowledge about this Ms Wan..:)

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  11. Great post again!
    In Bosnia we make jam from rose petals and syrup (cordial). I didn't know I can make tea from jasmine leaves... Thanks for that information! I have 3 Jasmins in my garden.

  12. @ Jasna,many thanks for your visit and comments.

    Jasmine tea is made from the flowers not the leaves
    Jasmine tea is tea added with jasmine flowers, long practised in China since Song Dynasty year 960..
    Prepare a Normal tea or green tea with no sugar added. Let it cool first, then add in the Jasmine flower buds to it. Store overnight .

    During the night blooming Jasmine flowers then open into full blooms and release their fragrance into the tea.
    It takes over four hours for the tea to absorb the fragrance and flavor of the jasmine blossoms. Heat again when you want to drink hot tea. Enjoy.

  13. very useful information.came to know about buds of rase and honey

  14. What a lovely post on rose and jasmine! I love jasmine tea and rose is commonly used as a flavouring agent in some Indian foods. Loved your post!

  15. This is interesting!!! i will try this...

  16. I remember a classmate from primary school. She used to eat rose petals with strawberry jam!

  17. @ Lena, you are so sweet yourself, gimme your beauty tips
    @ creative mind - thanks dear, love that slam ha ha
    @ nava, how lucky to have a rose and jasmine garden
    many thanks again for your kind visits and beautiful comments.why not be a regular eater of rosebuds and jasmine buds? have a nice day

  18. @ Lee- thanks for you visit and warm comments- wow!
    @ three cookies- try the rose water, then publish the recipe ok
    @ yummy chunklet- share with us a recipe using rose water, thanks
    @ lady dragonfly- that’s so sweet of you, same for your blog too 
    @ andeea, glad you like to eat rosebuds, sure you wont age so fast
    many thanks again for your kind visits and beautiful comments., really appreciate these

  19. @ Julie, come lets eat these as they are natural- no preservatives
    @ Sagittarian- haa, follow my secret ok- it works
    @ Santosh- glad you put attention, hope you like them too
    @Purabi- you are a versatile blogger, create a rose recipe
    @ Cindyrina- it’s the best petua, don’t miss this
    many thanks and appreciate your kind visits and sweet comments.Rose buds and jasmine buds are authentic foodies

  20. hmm must try!

    I practically eat all kinds of raw leaves (ulam in Malay), the restaurant 5doors from my shop,its specialty with over 20 varieties. However they don't have Jasmine buds!

  21. @ nashnordin- eat the rosebuds is better than bloom petals and with honey is the best pairing.

    @ katrina- you can buy the loose jasmine buds from the indian shop which sells garlands... a handfull for about rm3. you refrigerate, so the buds last longer, may be a week, or you can do jasmine tea, the way to do is as per my above reply to jasna. thanks for your visit and sweet comment

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  23. This sounds really great. Again another new unique one. Love to learn a lot.

  24. wow lots of information Wan..I love guides plus an added health info.

    I have really heard viands with rose gives healing too..besides roses are so special for me because it has it's meaning on my real name hehehe..

    visiting you Wan..have a nice day ;)

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  26. @ sagittarian- ooo thanks so much for you kind thoughts. congrats to you for getting the award :)

    @ uma- tahnks for your visit and comment :)

    @ Sie- for a while i forgot your name has a rose embedded permanently ha ha ha

  27. hahaha..refer to my real name on my email add *blink*..kindly use my new account Wan ;)

  28. Assalamu Alaykum
    You can eat flowers?! =O ooh... must be yummy cos its smells good...mmm...maybe it taste like candy =3
    very interesting recipe..never knew that , thanks for the post =D
    Take care

  29. It's funny - here in the US they very seldom eat or consider eating flowers....

  30. I didn't know that jasmine can be eaten, thanks for this informative post dear...

  31. @ black pearl, wa alaikum salam dear.. let me be the one who intro and make you like eating flowers ha ha, thanks for your visit

    @ Ann this is real surprise, thought americans love to eat this kind of delicacies. thank for visiting and the comment too.

    @ Treat and Tricks- you are welcome to be a habitual rosebud and jasmine bud eater.. very authentic diet, dont you tnink so. thanks for your visit

  32. A Great post!! Learnt something new....Thanks for sharing

  33. I have always learned something new and interesting when I visited here.
    Love the healthy spinach soup too.

  34. Very interesting, unique and innovative recipe. Looks flavourful, yummy, gorgeous and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

  35. wow...sounds amazingly your beauuuuuuutiful cliks..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  36. Yumm and healthy Spinach Soup Dear.Nicely flavored.Luv it

  37. I never ate Jasmine buds jus wore as a garland in my hair...Lovely post

  38. 3 tasty rose buds for supper..not sure will those be enough to curb the hunger..just kidding..the Spinach was my favorite during winter in my college days..good source of iron to fight the cold..

  39. amy, angie, bably, jay,
    -Thanks so much for your visits and sweet comments- FYI jasmine buds are very fragrant but they taste a bit bitter, as usual bitter edibles usually have great nutritious value.

  40. kitchen flavors, saji and alfandi-
    many thanks for your visit and sweet remarks – Jasmine is listed as one the world’s fragrant flowers, in malaysia, we have more than 4 ( that I know of ) out of the 200 varieties found worldwide.

  41. Very unique recipes! Worth trying to get the taste of it. Thanks for all the infos. :)

  42. First Rose and Jasmine Buds I would have never imagine you could eat them! But sounds good to try!
    Very interesting explanation on what the different fruits and vegetables types help our health - definitely motivates me to eat more.
    Love Soup for winter so the Spinach one will be done soon!
    Take care

  43. Tempting soup and an informative post on jasmine buds.

  44. o balqis, marie harmony and shanty, many thanks for the kind visit and sweet comments

  45. Very nice combination of information. Truly useful and great. Rose is very loveable and benefitial. I eat the rose and its water is used for eyes and for some diseases and also for reciepes.

  46. thanks sarang mangi, wonder how you use the rose water for your eyes :) teach me please, thanks

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