We tested the most popular brands of rose water to see which was the best for cooking and baking. Keep reading to see our recommendations for the best rose water brand!
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What is Rose Water?
Rose water (sometimes spelled rosewater) is a floral water made by distilling or simmering rose petals (similar to orange blossom water). It’s often used in Middle Eastern, Persian, and Indian cooking.
Rose water has a very distinct and strong flavor. If you are new to cooking with it, a little goes a long way.
The Best Rose Water to Buy
We purchased the three most popular rose waters to see which one was the best! We reviewed them based on four criteria smell, use in cooking, use in baking, and price.
- The Best Smelling Rose Water - Nielsen Massey Rose Water (winner). While all the rose waters have a delightful floral smell, we found Nielsen Massey's to be the most balanced and pleasantly aromatic.
- The Best Rose Water for Cooking - Nielsen Massey Rose Water (winner). We loved both The Spice House and Nielsen Massey's rose waters in fresh salads. The Nielsen Massey rose water is especially fagrant without being overwhelming.
- The Best Rose Water for Baking - The Spice House Rose Water (winner). All three rose waers performed well in baked goods, but we thought The Spice House one really stood out.
- The Best Priced Rose Water - Cortas Rose Water. At the time of publishing, Cortas Rose Water was priced at $12.99 for 10 ounces, The Spice House's was priced at $9.49 for 4 ounces, and Nielsen Massey's was $13.95 for 4 ounces.
We can highly recommend any of these three brands of rose water.
If you're looking for bang for your buck and cooking a large number of items, we'd suggest buying Cortas. If you're a home cook looking for the occasional splash of flower water, we'd recommend The Spice House's rose water or Nielsen-Massey's.