“ Brand: Florian / Type: Sauces „
There is nothing new about eating flowers! I first became interested in the whole subject in my twenties when I obtained a book from the library about just that. I set to actually grow edible flowers such as Marigolds and Pansies and it was really lovely adding them to salads, they created such a pretty display that they were enjoyed by all the family. I even saw them in Sainsbury's around that time in a bag of salad, but sadly not recently. I use rose water and orange flower water in fruit salads and add the former to cakes and my cleansing products are mainly natural and include these varieties. You will usually find a box of violet or rose creams in our house and both my daughters have inherited this love of floral tastes and fragrances. In The Middle East roses have been enjoyed for many years and here they are harvested in the mountains of Lebanon early in the morning soon after dawn and made into all manner of goodies. However it is to France that we look for this beautiful Rose Petal Conserve. Valentines Day is round the corner and the subject of this review would certainly be the perfect conserve to serve on a breakfast tray either in Paris or chez nous. Also, I might suggest, ideal to present to a lady with a bunch of red roses- so there is a suggestion! My husband knows I adore this jam and there is nothing nicer than sitting in our bed in crisp white pure linen sheets eating a breakfast with this conserve-it makes Sundays special and reminds us of happy times we have spent in France. It is romantic and decadent and is along the lines of the red petals we found in our bed when we went to the Maldives for our silver wedding. This is no ordinary jam and if you have been reading my reviews for some time you may remember one I did sometime ago about the sister product to this "violet petal conserve" The place to buy this is from Lakeland Limited where it retails for the price of £6.99. As I say it is a gift and not really an everyday purchase unless you happen to be a lottery winner, but for special occasions it really is the perfect accompaniment to croissant as it is delicate and floral and quite simply feminine and delicious. Made by the company Florian who have been making conserves, syrups and confectionery for many years in the heart of the Côte d'Azur in France. It is possible if you are in the area to join a guided tour of their factory which would be lovely I am sure! The factory is situated near to the town of Grasse famous for making beautiful perfume. The jam is made by taking a variety of roses called Centifolia also known as the Provence Rose, which are picked by hand in the heat of the afternoon sun. They choose this time as it is really important that the dewdrops have dried on them. They are then simmered in sugar syrup in copper bowls, and this releases all their essence which makes the bedrock ingredient for this conserve. Lakeland suggest that if you put a small amount of the conserve in a champagne flute and top up with bubbly it creates a whole new dimension to a Kir Royale Cocktail so I might have to try that! The ingredients are Sugar, rose petals, gelling agent: pectin, acidifying agent: citric acid, natural rose aroma, colouring. Total sugar content 65g for 100g. Prepared with 6g of rose petals for 100g. You can read about the company who make it on their website. They do mail order but looking at the prices I think Lakeland maybe cheaper as they buy in bulk/wholesale which dilutes the postal charges. www.confiserieflorian.co.uk. www.lakelandlimited.co.uk Lakeland have been stocking it for a few years now and it never goes in the sale so is testimony to the popularity of it. My hairdresser loves it so much she actually hides it round the house! Everything about this jam spells feminine. It's pink, the smell is simply gorgeous like a fragrant rose growing by a wooden bench in a secluded garden. To me it is the perfect conserve to have on pancakes, scones, toast, croissant and I even like it on ice cream. A taste of summer and perfect for a romantic breakfast in bed!