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Scented Geraniums

meatn3 Apr 22, 2012 11:27 AM

I recently bought some. I'm planning to play around with them in this summers jam making.
I purchased a nutmeg and a rose geranium. (I was tempted by a lemon, but passed and bought lemon verbena instead.)

Very interested in hearing what varieties you like and how you use them in the kitchen!

Note: I've seen sporadic mentions in past threads, but thought a dedicated thread could be a nice resource.

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    critter101 Apr 22, 2012 11:54 AM

    I've not cooked with them, but use them all the time as garnish - fruit salads, tea sandwiches, small pastries, and mixed in with culinary herbs as kitchen table bouquets.

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      pine time Apr 22, 2012 12:34 PM

      Had this at a friend's house:


      Delicious, and on the show, Anne said it was her favorite recipe from her mother. I've never made it, but the friend said it was easy.

      1. JungMann Apr 22, 2012 06:35 PM

        I was thinking about buying some rose geraniums myself. Geranium sugar is an easy way to experiment with the flavor, but based on the scent, I am also thinking about steeping them in vodka to make geranium liqueur.

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          HandLikeAFist May 7, 2012 09:22 AM

          The best ever: rose geranium jelly. My mom made it, and I have a couple of times. Fabulous with roast pork or roast lamb, and not too shabby on toast. Lovely pinky pale-orange color.

          You make it best with lady apples, which can be located late summer. Use a good jelly recipe and put one rose geranium leaf in each jar. Simple and delicious.

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            dfrostnh May 7, 2012 09:47 AM

            I've only made geranium sugar. Herbal jellies are nice in thumbprint cookies. I tend to get too many each spring and never winter them over. Rober's Lemon Rose is one of my favorites but the leaves aren't as pretty - more like a tomato leaf.

            1. meatn3 Jun 21, 2012 11:49 AM

              I found a terrific reference on the subject:
              Recipes start on page 9 of the document.

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              1. re: meatn3
                jpr54_1 Jun 21, 2012 12:29 PM

                I love scented geraniums-lemon, peppermint, rose
                they can be used in sugar-making tea-sorbets-tea

                where did u buy your scented geraniums?

                www.richters.com (Canada


                both companies have great plants-delivery though is expensive

                1. re: jpr54_1
                  meatn3 Jun 21, 2012 05:20 PM

                  The town north of me, Wake Forest, has an annual herb festival and I purchased mine there. Most of what they have is pretty standard stuff but they do have a half dozen or so varieties of scented geraniums.

                  My green thumb is pretty hit or miss so I was reluctant to invest much in them until I learned if they can survive me! So far so good even with the heat lately, although the rose geranium has become very leggy.

                  Hopefully I can over-winter them. If my cooking experiments go well I'll probably order a wider variety next year. Appreciate the links!

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