Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Murabba al-ward (Rose Petal Preserves)

This exquisitely scented preserve is popular allover the Middle East where it is enjoyed spooned over bread or with ataif (Arab pancakes).

Yeild:3 cups


1 lb. fresh or dried organic rose petals

1 1/4 c water

2 c sugar

juice of 1 lemon

  1. Rinse rose petals gently then drain.

  2. Fill a saucepan with water and add the rose petals and bring to a boil.Remove rose petals from pan and set aside.

  3. Add the sugar to the saucepan and bring to a boil all the while stirring it.

  4. After boiling , reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

  5. Stir in the lemon juice and the rose petals and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes until it thickens.

  6. Remove from heat and let the preserve cool then spoon it into a glass jar.

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  1. I am planning to try making it someday, but I have got to find the rose petals first! In Lebanon, it is made with a specific variety of roses and I am not sure I can find it in the US!

  2. Yes Rose petal Jam is made from one called Damascus Rose but I'm not sure if they are available in the US.But the preserve can usually be found in Persian or Armenian markets or you can try my Amazon store.