“The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms because She blooms.”
– Angelus Silesius
From their heavenly sweet scent to their golden spiral of delicate petals, roses have continued to capture hearts for decades. Glorified across cultures, nations and traditions, there is much more to this crimson beauty than we know of. Known to be the perfect fit for expressing love and admiration, here’s 5 enthralling facts about roses that will make you fall in love with them all over again.
1. The oldest rose in the world
The rose that climbs on the wall of the cathedral’s apse is believed to be the oldest living rose in the world. The Cathedral was destroyed by allied bombers in 1945 during the Second World War, but the roots of the rose bush survived and it blossomed again among the ruins. Its presence is documented since A.D. 815 and according to the legend, it symbolizes the prosperity of the city of Hildesheim. It is said that as long as this rose flourishes, Hildesheim will not decline.
2. Do black roses exist?
Black roses do not exist. What might sometimes be referred to as a black rose is actually a dark red rose. There are a number of rose varieties labeled as black, but in reality, they have a more intense deep, dark purple, maroon, or burgundy hue when you inspect them closely under bright light.
3. Rose Hip and its benefits
The rose also grows into a fruit which is called a Rose Hip. The rosehip of some species is known to be full of vitamin C. This is why it is sometimes used to create jam, jelly & marmalade. The hip also has minor medicinal uses, used in food supplements, and can be pressed or filtered to make rose hip syrup.
4. The world’s most expensive rose
Juliet rose also known as the “£3 million rose” is the most expensive rose ever developed. It cost $4.37 million for the famed rose breeder David Austin to create the apricot-hued hybrid over the course of 15 years. In 2006, it debuted at the Chelsea Flower Show and took the floral world by storm by its blushing beauty.
5. You can eat roses!
While roses are certainly a lovely centerpiece for the dining room, they are also popularly used in the art of cooking by home cooks and professional chefs. Rose petals have a very floral and unique sweet flavor and are used as a flavoring in Indian and Chinese dishes. They can be eaten raw, mixed into various salads, or can also be mixed with spices to make an excellent dry rub for poultry and lamb. They can also be muddled to create rose-infused beverages, iced teas and cocktails. Add this secret ingredient to your favorite dish and before you know it, you’ll feel that everything’s coming up roses.
With its unmatched grace and beauty, it is easy to see why roses are loved by so many people. So, gift one away to your beloved to seize their heart at the moment and make their day even more special!