Imagine roses and mint together in a salad of fresh greens. Add some raspberries, feta or blue cheese crumbles, some pecans and balsamic dressing. Now there's a salad! A Species Rose is the Herb of the Year in 2012!
We don't often think of roses in the herb category, but with cooks adding all kinds of flowers to salads, it's time to eat your roses (before the Japanese beetles do!)
The Herb of the Year is getting great press this year. Garden and roses societies are having events built around the Rose. The International Herb Association, has a cookbook available by mail. (To order it, contact Susan Belsinger: firstname.lastname@example.org). It's a hefty book, full of recipes, uses, growing information and lots more.