The ceremony of rosewater distillation in the city of Kashan and its neighboring towns and villages which performs from early may to mid June and foreign tourists many Iranians and foreign tourists.
People come to watch how rosewater is made indigenously from harvesting to steaming damask rose petals either at homes or gardens. Golab or rosewater is a fragrant distillate of the roses which is used nationwide in diverse traditional dishes to flavor them or consumed as a religious perfume as well.It is the fact that traditional distilled rosewater is of better result and higher quality of that produced in factories since time between harvest and distillation is short.The process of obtaining rosewater has a long interesting history.
Mohammadi roses are best known with a very sweet smelling in the country.Rosewater and rose oil are major products of the damask rose.
To extract the rosewater people first amass their petals to put them into the massive copper pots. Then the pots are put on traditional ovens made from bricks, stones and mud. Almost every 30 Kg of rose petals plus 80 liters of water are poured into each pot that is connected to metal pipes for the steam moving through to obtain the hydrosol. The waste of distillation is used for feeding livestock or composting.Visitors buy rosewater and other herbal drinks for remedial usage.
Narratives say that rose oil and rosewater have many therapeutic benefits. Rose oil soothes the mind and heals depression, grief, nervous stress and tension. It aids in problems with the digestive system, healing colds, and skin health.