This year the National Herb Society named the Rose "the Herb of the Year". Yes, rose petals are edible, some being more tasty than others. Roses you absolutely do not want to eat are the ones from the florist. The foreign growers use lots and lots of pesticides to get those perfectly stemmed (although no smell) large roses. Your home garden roses are best, use only organic fertilizer and sprays on them.
This past Tuesday was our local Herb Society meeting with Roses being the evenings lecture. My girlfriends and I made the refreshments. I made a rose tea using organic dried rose petals, oranges, nutmeg and food grade rose syrup and rose water. In cheese cloth I placed the petals and chopped up oranges, then poured boiling water over it and let it seep 5 minutes. Then I added the nutmeg, rose syrup and water. I made a large crock pot full. It was a cold night and everyone enjoyed it.
In front of each vase of roses we had a card telling the colors meaning.
On the far left you can see the long stem roses made from red Hershey Kisses, next to it is a platter of roses made from Gum Drops. They were so beautiful you couldn't tell they were gum drops.
And rose cupcake with petals sprinkled on top.
We had a nice handout for everyone, a package of rose potpourri.
My friend also gave me rose soap and a bottle of rose essential oil. And another gift made by her niece is a wonderful hand cream made from (I believe) coconut oil, calendula petals, and lavender with some rose essential oil. It smells and works wonderful on my dry, chapped hands. Thank you Nancy & Stacy!