Not all crops are edible in the traditional sense. These petals are getting ready to go into a pot to steam distill some rose hydrosol.
Rose hydrosol, or essence, has many uses, but my (Ellie) favorite is as a toning mist for the face. Especially in the warm months when the salt from my sweat clogs up my skin. It is refreshing and mosturizing and altogether wonderful. I don't understand why Jeremiah actively ducks out of the way when I spritz it in the bathroom before bed. 😆