Fresh strawberries are delicious on their own, but they’re not always exciting to eat. Now you can add some flower power to your peck when you transform them into a floral arrangement — really. Learning how to make strawberry roses just takes a little knife work, but once you’ve mastered the technique, it can turn a snack into something so truly lovely.
Here’s Why You Need To Make Strawberry Roses
As a fruit, you can’t beat the beauty of a berry. And strawberries in particular are very pretty, what with their sweet shape, vibrant red hue and green stem. So, sure, you wash them and serve them as is (or even learn how to make strawberry hearts, which is even easier to do). But when you make strawberry roses, you can use them as a decoration for spring and summer cakes, as a single cupcake topper, or even make them into a bouquet of beautiful “flowers.” Basically, they’re beautiful, which is why you need to make them.
How Long Do Strawberry Roses Last
On the whole, strawberries are pretty perishable. They usually last between 3-7 days in the fridge, but if you notice that one is starting to go bad, you should remove it right away so that it doesn’t destroy the rest. That said, anytime you cut into a fruit you immediately shorten its lifespan, and the same holds true for strawberries, too. So if you’re planning to make strawberry roses, you’ll want to use them within a day or two, tops.
How To Make Strawberry Roses — Easy
When you first see strawberry roses, you might think that they’ll be overly complicated to create, but they’re not. If you’re wondering, “How are strawberry roses made?”, here’s what you need to know.
1.Start off with the right (but not overly ripe) berries. They should be ready to eat, but not so ripe that they’re mushy. Choose strawberries that are medium to large sized for the best roses.
2. The rose “petals” are made by making small cuts into the strawberry. You’ll need a sharp knife (like a paring knife) to yield the best results.
3. Holding the base of the strawberry in one hand, make a small cut downwards towards the bottom of the strawberry near the stem. Do not cut all the way through, since you want the slice to still be attached to the strawberry. With your knife, gently press the slice down towards the stem so as to make the petal appear as if it’s curling.
4. Rotate the strawberry slowly, making three similar slices along the base of the strawberry.
5. Moving slightly upwards, repeat the process, making small slices into the strawberry, gently pressing down on each petal.
6. If your berry is on the larger side, you might be able to get another row of petals.
7. Once you’ve made your petals, make a small slit down the tip of the strawberry and using your knife, press each side outwards and down.
8. Once you’ve made your strawberry roses, you can either use them for cake decorating, as a yummy snack, or even stick a wooden skewer that’s been wrapped in green floral tape into the base to make a bouquet.
What Does A Strawberry Rose Taste Like
Once you’ve created your strawberry roses, they’re going to look like the real thing. And that begs the question: what does a strawberry rose taste like? Well, a strawberry rose tastes just like — a strawberry. It doesn’t have any floral notes, unless you give a very slight spritz of rose water to your strawberry roses.
Making strawberry roses is a fun craft that you can do with older children who can handle a sharp knife. If your kids are young, you might want to do the slicing yourself and then serve them up as a sweet treat.