Love story and rose from Provins

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Provins rose (1851, Houtte, L. van) - ©Swallowtail Garden Seeds / CC-BY Provins rose (1851, Houtte, L. van) - ©Swallowtail Garden Seeds / CC-BY
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What’s this?

In Provins (Seine-et-Marne), they make syrups, jams with roses... all those recipes use the Rosa Gallica, famous Provins' rose. But the most famous product is the rose candy.

Oh, maybe you heard about the poppy from Nemours of violet from Toulouse? Well, that's another recipe made with flowers: a sweet, delicate taste, nicely flavoured...

The little history

The loving count's flower

Count of Champagne and king of Navarre, Thibaud nicknamed le Chansonnier ("Songwriter"), came back from Crusades. We were in 1240. He brought back a piece of the Cross and above all, a real treasure...

Which one? The primitive rose of Provins, he gave to the church of Sainte-Croix in the city! Was it the Jericho rose? An immortal flower which comes back to life when exposed to the water...

The tradition says that Thibaud brought back the rose for a lady, the one he loved. Oh, because he was in love! He adored queen Blanche of Castila, king saint Louis' terrible mother! Gloomier than ever, he retired in his Provins castle and wrote poems, meditated and took care of his precious rose, the ancestor of all our current Rosa Gallica...

A pharmaceutical miracle!

Anyway, our rose enjoyed Provins' weather. People started to trade it, from the 13th to the 18th century! They used it in pharmacy and perfumery, where it cured stomach pains, sore throats and ulcers. They transformed roses into syrups, infusions, but also into poultice, eyewash, enema and injection!

And also!