A sweet rose preserve with a rich heritage is the simplest way to describe Gulqand. Gulqand is a luxurious sun-cooked preserve of Damask rose petals. Gul means flower in both Persian and Urdu and in Sanskrit term Phool or Pushpa meaning flower; whereas qand means sweet in Persian. It is believed to possess cooling & calming properties which is why it has been traditionally associated with regal recipes to create a wide range of desserts and bakery preparations to beat the summer heat.
Gulqand has been an intrinsic part of the households in the Indian subcontinent. It is the perfect recipe made by grandma’ to beat the heat. The best characteristic about Gulqand is that when kept in a cool dark place, or in a refrigerator; it can stay unblemished for years. One can savor it in all seasons and its sweet texture never lets you down.
The lavish costs and seasonal nature of Damask roses coupled with the arduous process of sun-cooking and curing Gulqand make it one of the finest and most sought-after delicacies coming out of the Indian sub-continent after the world famous Kashmiri Saffron. Regal, exotic, authentic & opulent, a ‘rose experience’ that remains unmatched.
We at ‘Heritage on My Plate’ make our own Gulqand, arduously sun dried for a period of 29 days and can assure you, just one teaspoonful of Gulqand will forever change the way you look at roses!
Roses have always been associated with love, romance, and adventure. It was considered to be that universal elixir which uplifted the soul opened up avenues for love and enhanced one’s beauty.
Our Traditionsnote that Gulqand has a calming effect on one’s nervous system and is considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac as well. It also acts as a fragrant by reducing body odor when consumed regularly during summer months. The scope of benefits extends to beautification by purifying one’s blood. This improves one’s complexion by mitigating skin conditions like rashes and acne.
There is documented proof that ancient Indian (Ayurvedic), Greek, Persian & Arabic (Unani) physicians prescribed Gulqand to mitigate a wide variety of summer/heat-related ailments. Gulqand was primarily consumed in these regions for the cooling properties it imparted to the user. Ayurvedic texts which can be traced back to 900 B.C list Gulqand as a “Rasayana” which is Sanskrit for “tonic”; a tonic which helps in alleviating summer specific health issues like sun-strokes, acidity, indigestion, lethargy, inflamed eyes, excessive perspiration.