These rose petals are from a variety of roses called joury in this part of the world; it is from this rose that the petals are distilled to make rose water.
I was pulling up to get some gas one day at a Dallas gas station and on my way to the cashier, noticed a prickly rose bush in a planter. The second I smelled the petals there was no mistake: This was the ward (rose) joury! Turns out the owner was Lebanese and he offered to let me have a cutting; when I asked where he had gotten this rose, his reply was “Home Depot”.
Ward Joury is Damask Rose or Rosa Damascena. It is used in some spice mixes here, such as the kammounieh in the South. It adds such a lovely fragrance to food or can be made into a tea infusion. Some accounts claim that one of the French crusaders brought it back to Europe with him from Syria in the 13th century.
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