Strawberry and Rose Petal Compote

I will be using the rose petals I collect over the summer in many recipes, herbal remedies and bathroom products but one of my all-time favourites is still strawberry and rose petal compote.

It literally only takes a few minutes to make and is so delicious it quite often just gets eaten straight out of the jar.

You will need

  • Strawberries
  • Fresh rose petals – choose ones with a scent
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • Natural rose extract – optional

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Gently stew your strawberries in a pan (no need to add water), you can chop them up or leave them whole, or both. It won’t take long for the strawberries to start to break down and release their juices, 5-10mins.

I then stir through some rose petals and a squeeze of lemon juice, you now want to leave your compote to cool, it will thicken a little.

At this point, you can add a few drops of rose extract if you choose – start with a little as it can be quite strong (rose syrup, rose hydrosol or a strong rose infusion/tea would also be a great alternative).

If your strawberries are juicy and sweet you won’t need to add any sweeter but do add a little honey or sugar to taste if you need to.

Stir your compote through yoghurt, drizzle over ice-cream, it makes a great filling for cakes or you can just eat on its own out of the jar.

It won’t keep long, as it has no sugar or preservative in but I don’t think you’ll find it lasts that long. I think it’s nicer to make a fresh batch when you fancy it.