Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
I always thought roses were just a pretty flower until I met the Rosa rugosa 'Hansa.' Its blooms can be used for many things, including infusing a brandy concoction that mixes beautifully with sparkling wine.
The sweet, distinctly scented flowers of the Rosa Rugosa are often used to make pot-pourri, but the hips, also called haws by some, are well-known for making tea, wine, or creating a jam or jelly.