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May 1, 2011 09:46 AM

Where to find rose syrup in Toronto?

I would like to try making Dorie Greenspan's recipe for ispahan loaf cake (from 'Around My French Table') and it calls for rose syrup. She says the cake MUST be made with rose syrup (not rose water) and that Monin is the brand recommended by the recipe's inspiration, Pierre Herme.

No mainstream grocery stores carry rose syrup and I imagine I should be checking out some Persian / Middle Eastern (i.e. Ararat International Fine Foods?) and possibly even some Indian grocery stores to find what I need.

Has anyone had any luck finding rose syrup in Toronto? I'm hoping to find a place accessible by public transit, if possible.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. There are several different brands of rose syrup to choose from at Arz (Lawrence & Pharmacy). If you want ones made in France, check out The Spice Trader on Queen West. That was the one I used when I made that recipe.

    Spice Trader
    805 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

    1. Maybe try calling Akram's in Kensington Market and see if they have some?

      1. Almost any Indian or Pakistani store will have it, as it is used in some drinks they make.

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          The more I read Dorie's book, the less impressed I am. She really owes a huge debt to Julia Child's and Simone Beck's books. Too bad she couldn't help more with sources. Rose syrup is the key ingredient in falooda, as foodyDudey suggested. Shouldn't be tough to find around the GTA.

        2. There are as many types of roses as there are types of crazy in internet dating. If you are looking to follow a cultural path, i would suggest that you consider sources closest to the cuisine you are emulating. I don't know how they compare, but for a local solution, Forbes Wild Foods ( does a very nice rose syrup that I've used as a nice accent in cheese trays. The website gives a list of purveyors, and they're also at a lot of the organic markets (at which they also have the leads on foraged wild mushroom sales in spring).

          1. Saw some at a Persian corner store on King Rd and Yonge St (Richmond Hill). I suggest trying Armenian stores (like the one beside Armenian Kitchen) or Persian stores.

            Armenian Kitchen
            1646 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4A, CA