Rose Syrup

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Liguria

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

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Rose Syrup

Along with fig trees and tufts of lemon verbena, roses were once a constant on Genoa’s balconies and in its gardens. The rose petals would be carefully harvested and steeped to produce a syrup, which was offered to guests in tiny crystal glasses, little bigger than a thimble. Those who did not own rose plants would pick the flowers inland, in the Scrivia Valley, or buy them loose from grocers or florists. A few shops in Genoa still sell them to the handful of Genoese who have continued to make the rose syrup at home, and during the month of May you can still see baskets of red and pink petals for sale next to crates of artichokes and bunches of asparagus.
The best roses are the antique varieties, almost all selected between the end of the 18th and 19th centuries, those voluptuous blooms seen in the lavish floral arrangements of Victorian paintings. It is not clear why this tradition of turning the rose petals in syrup, as well as sweets and preserves, developed specifically in Genoa.
Already Gian Domenico Peri’s 1683 text Il negoziante mentions “the jams and sugar preserves made in Genoa, as good as the best prepared in any other part of the world,” but sadly few individuals and businesses have continued the tradition, with the historic Confetteria Romanengo a notable exception.
The roses for syrup are picked between the middle of May and the first days of June, when the petals are fully open. The recipe is simple: The petals are immersed with a little lemon in water that has previously been brought to the boil. The heat is switched off and the petals are left to macerate for around 24 hours. The water is then strained, with the mass of petals pressed to extract the last few drops, and sugar is added. The liquid is brought to the boil for around 10 minutes, then poured into small bottles.

Season

The product is available all year around

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Apart from a few excellent artisanal examples, most of what is found on the market is of poor quality, made using coloring, artificial flavoring, glucose and preservatives. Artisanal syrup, made from nothing but an infusion of rose petals, water, sugar and a little lemon, is a rarity. The Presidium unites those who are still making the syrup according to the traditional Genoese recipe, using only natural ingredients and rose petals grown with sustainable cultivation methods, far from sources of pollution.

Production area
City and province of Genoa
Producers
Agriturismo Bio Il Giardino delle Dalie
Piazza Ghelfi, 4
Savignone (Ge)
Tel. +39 339 5837572
dalieforever@hotmail.com
www.ilgiardinodelledalie.com

Artemisia
di Emanuela Annetta
Località Carpi Superiore, 6
Montoggio (Ge)
Tel. +39 347 0579001
Artemisia.montoggio@gmail.com

Autra
di Olmo Bagnasco
Località Autra, 2
Savignone (Ge)
Tel. +39 340 5278201
autra@hotmail.it
www.agriturismoautra.it

Azienda Agricola Michele Ravera
Via Zerbo, 10
Rovegno (Ge)
Tel. 328 4720721
info@micheleravera.it

Antonia Dufour
Località Vallegge, 15
Gavi (Al)
Tel. 339 4747093
antonia.dufour@gmail.com


La Sereta
di Roberto Pisani
Via San Rocco, 47 A
Località Sereta di Tegli
Fraconalto (Al)
Tel. +39 349 5826357
info@lasereta.it
www.lasereta.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Rosario Capponi
Tel.+39 335 385145
rosario.capponi@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Livio Caprile
Tel. 338 2391490
l.caprile@caprileassociati.it


Apart from a few excellent artisanal examples, most of what is found on the market is of poor quality, made using coloring, artificial flavoring, glucose and preservatives. Artisanal syrup, made from nothing but an infusion of rose petals, water, sugar and a little lemon, is a rarity. The Presidium unites those who are still making the syrup according to the traditional Genoese recipe, using only natural ingredients and rose petals grown with sustainable cultivation methods, far from sources of pollution.

Production area
City and province of Genoa
Producers
Agriturismo Bio Il Giardino delle Dalie
Piazza Ghelfi, 4
Savignone (Ge)
Tel. +39 339 5837572
dalieforever@hotmail.com
www.ilgiardinodelledalie.com

Artemisia
di Emanuela Annetta
Località Carpi Superiore, 6
Montoggio (Ge)
Tel. +39 347 0579001
Artemisia.montoggio@gmail.com

Autra
di Olmo Bagnasco
Località Autra, 2
Savignone (Ge)
Tel. +39 340 5278201
autra@hotmail.it
www.agriturismoautra.it

Azienda Agricola Michele Ravera
Via Zerbo, 10
Rovegno (Ge)
Tel. 328 4720721
info@micheleravera.it

Antonia Dufour
Località Vallegge, 15
Gavi (Al)
Tel. 339 4747093
antonia.dufour@gmail.com


La Sereta
di Roberto Pisani
Via San Rocco, 47 A
Località Sereta di Tegli
Fraconalto (Al)
Tel. +39 349 5826357
info@lasereta.it
www.lasereta.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Rosario Capponi
Tel.+39 335 385145
rosario.capponi@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Livio Caprile
Tel. 338 2391490
l.caprile@caprileassociati.it


Territory

StateItaly
RegionLiguria