Of all the petaled delights, the rose is their undisputed queen. From the Ottoman Empire to contemporary times, the Anatolian rose produces the world's most coveted rosewater and rose oil. Its fragrance is singular, making it a choice ingredient for an indulgent herbal tea.
Even if you can't venture to Turkey to obtain this prized floral ingredient, the good news is that thanks to the rise of Istanbul-based Gourmeturca.com, Anatolian rosebuds can come to you, wherever in the world you happen to be. As the team at Gourmeturca puts it, "We do not just sell products. We are sending the hospitality, flavors, and culture of Anatolia to different places all over the world." In their view, cultural reach is as much of a priority as is global reach. Gourmeturca's spectrum of jewel-toned treasures, from baklava that shimmers with "edible emeralds" (aka pistachios from Gaziantep) to containers of mouthwatering pistachio-studded tahini halva, everything comes exquisitely packaged and packed, with DHL Worldwide Express shipping priced at just $9.90 (or free for orders of $150 or more).
My favorite way to serve Anatolian rosebud tea is with sugared rosebuds in place of sugar cubes. Floating one (or several) in your tea adds an exotic flourish that is certain to impress. This beverage pairs effortlessly with all types of pistachio delights and is a perfect way to unwind by letting your mind wander to a place where Eastern and Western values have often united along the Silk Road.
Gourmeturca Rose Buds Tea (2.8 oz.): https://www.gourmeturca.com/rose-buds-tea
Hafiz Mustafa Baklava Assortment from Gourmeturca (26.4 oz.):
Koska Pistachio Tahini Halva from Gourmeturca (7 oz.):