Rose Gulkand and Aphrodisiac Cacao Paste - a Recipe for Summer Love and Hot Days

Rose Gulkand - a Recipe for Summer Love and Hot Days

Growing roses? Want a new, special and swoonably amazing way to preserve the sweet scent, flavor and medicine of your favorite roses? Try this Gulkand...a recipe from the Ayurvedic tradition. This sweet confection is not only delightful to enjoy off the spoon- but is heart healing and soothing, calming to hot tempers, cooling to the body on hot days- and delicious swirled into lemonade, whipped cream, into cacao treats and more! Share with your lover for a sweet loving heart opening aphrodisiac!
1 half pint canning jar
4-5 fragrant unsprayed roses ( depending on how big they are you might need more or less)
1/2 c sugar
cardamom, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peels, vanilla bean powder (optional additions)
Fill a half pint jar in alternating layers of fresh rose petals followed by a tsp or two of sugar, all the way to the top of the jar. Pack it well, but not too tight. It will reduce down a lot!
If you wish to add any other spices sprinkle those in between your layers of rose and sugar. Whole cardamom seeds or cloves work well, just a few, or try powdered nutmeg, cinnamon or vanilla beans.
Lid the jar well and place in a sunny spot in a window or outside where the roses and sugar will warm up, release their juices and melt the sugar and crystallize together in a mass of gooey rosey goodness. This takes 1-2 days of full warm sun shine.
You might want to stir it up a little once the roses and sugar have reduced, and store it in the fridge. Dip in now and again for a rose delight!
You might also want to try this with other fragrant exotic flowers- I've got honeysuckle and jasmine blossoms both reducing in the sun in their jars right now!  So long as the flower is edible and non poisonous!  I only wish Orange blossoms were still in bloom! 

Cacao Rose Aphrodisiac

Want something a bit more sexy for sharing with your lover this Beltaine season? Seriously this will put you both in the mood faster than you can whip it up!
1/2 c Ground Cacao - I like to use Heartblood Cacao paste, but you can grind your own whole raw cacao beans or nibs
1/8 c liquid coconut oil
1/8 -1/4 c honey (rose infused honey or rose gulkand makes it even more special!)
1 pinch sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 pinch freshly ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp cayenne or chipotle chile powder
Mix all the ingredients into a thick paste, drizzle with rose honey and serve it to each other on fingers, lips or anywhere else you can dream up.
Sweet Love to You!