Flavor Pairing: Rhubarb + Rose Petal

Flavor Pairing: Rhubarb + Rose Petal

Is it happenstance that rhubarb and roses come into play simultaneously in the Northwest? You know that old adage, “What grows together goes together,” right?

One of the things I enjoy most about cooking is discovering new-to-me ways to use a familiar ingredient. And new-to-me flavor pairings.

Take rose petals for instance. Even though Grandma Mary’s garden was overflowing with roses, it never occurred to her–or me–to eat them. She didn’t use chemicals on her plants, so it would have been safe to take a bite of one of those lovely, velvety petals. The fragrance alone should have given us the thought.

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