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Lake Naivasha Rose Water Honey Syrup

Kenya is world famous for its cut flower farms especially the roses. Main growing areas are around Lake Naivasha. Floriculture pioneer Oserian Farms was founded in 1982 and was the first flower farm on Lake Naivasha.

Kenya is world famous for its cut flower farms especially the roses

Honey is valued in Africa as food, medicine and as an important economic activity. Since honey is of different flavors and compositions, however, such replacements may result in changes of flavor, consistency, and the quantities of honey. 

The color and flavor of honey vary depending on the bees nectar source lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.

Across the African continent, there are many ways of preparing African Rose Honey Syrup. Honey can replace sugar in almost any drink recipe but is most popular in flavoring teas.

Lake Naivasha Rose Water Honey Syrup Recipe


Ingredients
¼ Cup Light Colored Honey
Petals from Two Sweet Smelling Roses
4 Cups Water

Directions
In a large pot simmer water and rose petals on medium-low 15 minutes, remove from heat let sit for 2-24 hours. The longer the mixture sits the stronger the infusion of roses. Filter out rose petals and mix the rose water with honey until mixture is the consistency of syrup. Use African Rose Honey Syrup as a sweetener for teas, oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream and anything else you can pour honey over.

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