Most species of roses are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and northwestern Africa. Persia is considered the likely origin of the flower.
Roses were considered one of the most valued medicinal plants in the monastery gardens of Medieval Europe. It is often called the King of Flowers.
Here are 5 Facts you might not have known about…
- Effective for treating wet and weeping wounds when applied topically. Combining rose bark with the petals can help cleanse wounds and stop bleeding.
- The word “rosary” has its origins in the rose petals being compressed into beads as well as the rose’s symbolism for rebirth, the blood of Christ, and compassion.
- Rose hip is the part of the rose flower just below the petals that contain the rose plant seeds. They are an excellent source of vitamin C containing more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Rosehip seeds can be eaten as a diuretic or ground and added to cookies, cakes, and other desserts.
- Of the 300 chemical constituents found in roses, only about 100 have properly been identified.
- It takes more than 10,000 freshly picked rose blossoms to produce only one 5 ml bottle of rose oil.
Find out how to take better advantage of the culinary and medicinal varieties of roses.