Today we had a busy day. We went rock hunting at the beach; we visited my brother's house and surveyed his garden; we had a cook out at our home with my brother, his son and his dog; we roasted marshmallows on the fire pit; and finally we made some rose scented sugar (instructions below).
Rocks on Lake Michigan
Iris at my brother's house
Gertrude Jekyll Rose
Rose scented sugar
Scented sugar is fairly easy to make. Layer in a jar or glass canister about 2 parts sugar to 1 part edible scented flower petals. Let sit for about one week at room temperature. I give mine a shake every other day or so. I am using a David Austin rose named Gertrude Jekyll in the photo above.
This works for other edible flowers and herbs too. Lavender and geraniums are other yummy choices. For a citrus flavor, try lemon balm, lemon grass or lime basil. Just make sure you use petals and leaves that have not been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals.
The sugar can be used in any recipe that uses normal sugar. I will be using mine for lemonade, iced tea and maybe some sugar cookies. Mmm Mmm Good :)