Zagatalaland of roses
Rose seedlings were brought to the Zagatala region in the 1960s and since then roses from the Crimea, Damascas and many other types of the “princess of flowers” have decorated local streets and gardens. But the region is famed not just for its sweet-smelling rose gardens of indescribable beauty; local people produce from rose petals such valuable produce as jams, syrups, rose water and a drink called ovshala, which is very popular in this and neighbouring regions. And tea with rose water not only has a special aroma and taste but also quenches your thirst beautifully.
If you travel to the rose plantations of the company AzRose in the village of Ashagy Tala, you’ll find yourself in a haven of flowers full of charming aromas. Don’t forget to take photos of yourself in the valley of roses to show off to friends. If you come here at the end of April or middle of May then you can see how women collect petals from roses still moist with dew. And already in June the lavender fields blossom here. For Azerbaijan, this is a rare phenomenon which you definitely have to see! Moreover, during an excursion at the factory you’ll find out how essential oils, syrups, jams and more are obtained from rose petals and lavender.