Into the Hamper: Rose Petal Sugar


I’d like to think this idea came to me as a result of our recent trip to Ireland and time spent with my lovely niece Rose.

I feel like calling this Fairy Dust or Pixie Powder because that’s what it looks like. Pretty, pretty pink fluffy sugar to sweeten a cup of tea or dust over a cake. The rose flavor is very light, almost citrus-like. Don’t use too much or things can get soapy-tasting. Very easy to make, should last for eons. I have loads of similar items in the cupboard. I forget about them. Then someone comes over and I’m looking around for a little something special, and–oh–there it is…

Rose Petal Sugar (makes 1/4 cup)

1/2 cup dried organic rose petals*
1/4 cup sugar (I used Turbinado sugar)

*You can dry fresh roses and use the petals, but they need to be pesticide-free–do not use commercial roses that have been sprayed, please. Dried petals are often sold in bulk in health food stores. You might even find them in a tea shop with a large selection herbal teas. And you can always order them online.

driedroses sugar

A spice grinder or coffee mill work best for getting this ground to a fine powder.

Add the rose petals and sugar to the grinder/mill and process until it becomes a uniform pink powder. You will see “smoke”, but it’s just the finely ground sugar particles. You have essentially just made powdered/icing sugar.

Store in an airtight container (to help keep the flavor/aroma intact. It would also be best to keep it out of the light to keep the color from fading.