Various ways of eating roses in Yunnan

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Farmers are picking roses in An'ning City.

In Yunnan Province, farmers call the first crop of blooming edible roses each year "toushui flower". Toushui flowers have thick petals, strong fragrances, and slight astringency, which enable the food made by these flowers to have a stronger aroma and sweetness. More than 9,000 mu (1 hectare equals 15 mu) of edible roses are in full bloom in An'ning City, SW China's Yunnan Province, from late April to mid-May. Locals not only use fresh roses to make traditional food like rose flower cakes and rose jam but also make rose feast with roses, vegetables, fruits, eggs, and meat.

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The toushui flowers with thick petals and a strong fragrance.

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In a food processing company in An'ning City, roses are de-stemmed and sorted on automated production lines.

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In a food processing company in An'ning City, workers are making rose flower cakes.

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Freshly baked rose flower cakes.

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Rose Tea.

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Fried roses.

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Scrambled eggs with roses.

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Creative rose dish.

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Rose Jelly.

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Rose steamed bun. Its shape is made into the form of a rose with sweet rose jam fillings.

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The rose feast.

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(Editors: Lexi, Ines)

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