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Roses are valued for their romantic symbolism but their blooms are also edible. The flavors of the blooms are green apples and strawberries. Their family also includes pears, apples, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, and almonds. Mythology says that they grew thorns when Cupid accidentally shot an arrow into a garden full of them.
The father of Botany Theophrastus (371-286 BC) first classified and identified plants. In his classic books Enquiry into plants and De Causis Plantarum (The causes of plants) he wrote about a hundred-petaled rose and called it centifolia (literally: hundred petals). Roman Emperor Nero liked to shower his guests with fresh petals of this magnificent flower. According to the legend, the dense petal cloud nearly suffocated some of the guests. In the middle Ages, it was customary for the wealthy to put petals and oil of these flowers in their baths. Many noblewomen carried bouquets of fragrant plants to cover body odors.
There is a legend that says that during the Roman empire, there was an incredibly beautiful maiden named Rhodanthe. Her beauty drew many zealous suitors who pursued her relentlessly. Exhausted by their pursuit, Rhodanthe was forced to take refuge from her suitors in the temple of her friend Diana. Unfortunately, Diana became jealous. And when the suitors broke down her temple gates to get near their beloved Rhodanthe she also became angry, turning Rhodanthe into a rose and her suitors into thorns.