“Gul” means rose and “kand” means sweet.
Thus, Gulkand is a sweet preserve made of rose petals. It can be called Rose Petals Jam, as well. Gulkand is native to India and Pakistan. An Ayurvedic tonic, it is a delicious and healthy food that can easily be prepared at home.
Gulkand is one of the ingredients used in Paan – the traditional Indian mouth freshener and digestive. It is a fact that, like wine, it becomes better as it ages.
Traditionally, gulkand is made from the rose petals of the desi, or the wild rose plant. However, due the predominance of the hybrid rose varieties, it is difficult to find the desi variety everywhere. Not to worry; it can be made from the hybrid variety of roses, too. But the traditional one is the best.
The flowers of the wild roses are red or pink and neither as big nor as showy as the hybrids, although they exude a unique smell, which is deep and sweet.