It has been quite a while, since my last post, but then so much has happened.
My trip to Iran to do research for my book was a great success.
I went to many amazing places, saw unique sites and had wonderful experiences.
If I would have to pick out one thing that made my trip unforgettable it would be the people of Iran. I have seldom been made to feel so welcome and been treated with such generosity.
In the next months I will be poring over my notes, recipes and photographs for the book.
I will post, from time to time, little teasers to whet your appetite for the delights of Persian food.
Rosewater is one of those delights and I was lucky enough, to be near Golestaneh during the annual rose harvest.
• the perfume of the roses, when you step into the fields is so intense
• the roses are from the rugosa family
• they are picked very early in the morning, because the perfume is strongest
• the loose petals are put in big bags and delivered to the distilleries
• where they make the famous rosewater, so much loved in Persian cooking
• with the rose buds, they make also beautiful wreaths
• here some women in chadors pose with rose wreaths on their heads
• a lively discussion on which rosewater brand is the best