When we think of top 10 lists, we think of David Letterman – or if we are of a certain age, we might think of Dick Clark. But geraniums and roses? Not so much. The top 10 list of edible flowers* was a fairly well-kept secret…until Blossom Water hit the shelves. Contenders from this list give Pomegranate Geranium and Lemon Rose Blossom Water their stunning aromatic profiles.
For this post, let’s take a look at the geranium. Any self-respecting Parisian window box has several. The geranium scent evokes romance, cobblestone streets and accordion music. Some think the flower smells like Edith Piaff sounds – La Vie en Rose was probably inspired by the rose geranium.
The geranium is a native of South Africa. When John Tradescent, botanist and explorer for Charles I of England, brought the plant across the pond in the 1600’s, its fragrant blossoms became all the rage. “Scented geraniums became popular for use in making perfumes, and soon were cultivated in the warm coastal regions of France , Spain, Algeria and Belgian Congo. The colonists brought scented geraniums with them to the new word. Even Thomas Jefferson grew them in his gardens at the White House.” (blog.scentedleaf.com)
Today geranium leaves are used to scent everything from bed pillows to bath oils. Its reputed medicinal properties are similar to the calming effects of chamomile. It is also used to treat stomach aches, diarrhea, and headaches.
When paired with pomegranate, geranium is known to quench the thirst and enliven the senses…Kind of like Paris in the Spring time.