anyway - because of all of the different stuff that the previous owner had planted - we have volunteer chives, oregano, marjoram, comfrey and mustard growing all over our land and in crazy places. and for example - this rose bush on the opposite side of our driveway!!!!
crazy huh? it has spread and gotten bigger every year since we have been here - it is beautiful and covered in roses! the previous owner did not use any pesticides, herbacides or other "acides" and neither do we (i know because i have all of his old hand-written gardening books)! so what to do with all of these beautiful roses???
make sharab ward of course!
sharab ward (lebanese rose water) is a delightful drink made from rose petals. it is refreshing/cooling and delicious. only ever make sharab ward from roses that have not been sprayed!
first - gather the petals of 12-14 roses.
i lay the roses on screens out on the deck in order to let any bugs get free. then i rinse them.
put 4 cups of cold water into a pot and add your petals. they will float in the water.
on medium heat, heat your petals and stir them until they wilt into the water. do not let the water come to a boil. you will know when they are done when they look like this.
strain the rose water into a container. it will be a pretty pink.
now we will make the sharab ward.
to make - put 2 cups of organic sugar in a pot with one cup of water and over medium heat, heat it to a boil. then add 1/2 cup of lemon juice. bring it to a boil for 10 minutes BUT DO NOT STIR IT. then add 1/3 cup of your rose water and let it boil for 3 more minutes. remove from heat, let it cool and then bottle it. below you will see the rose water on the right - ready to make more sharab ward on the left.
to serve - use 3-4 tablespoons for a light sharab ward or half a glass of syrup and then add crushed mint, ice and water, or carbonated water or fresh-made lemonade.
very refreshing on a hot summer day. and for me and Kirsty - add vodka - bahahahahah!