The general purpose of the DAROSA project is to maximize the quality of rose-water obtained from roses of the species of Rosa damascena Mill. (Rosaceae) (Damask Rose) in an attempt to minimize the costs related to its production while creating a more competitive product in terms of consumers’ satisfaction. We therefore aim to improve the Cypriot rose-water and promote it to a capable product that can compete at an international level, not only by economic criteria but mainly by qualitative properties. With this study we aim to improve the rose-water produced at our facilities by finding the ideal conditions related to harvesting time, storage conditions and distillation parameters. This improved and high quality rose-water can be promoted in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries due to its therapeutic properties.

The major objectives of this project are:

1) To examine the physical characteristics of the R.damascena roses and the chemical composition (including phenolic profile and essential oils) of rose-water produced from the aforementioned,

2) To examine the role of harvesting time, storage conditions and distillation conditions in the resulting quality of rose-water obtained from the flowers,

3) To examine the antimicrobial activity of rose-water in terms of harvesting time, storage conditions and distillation conditions.

Acronym: DAROSA

Category: National Projects

Funding: Research & Innovation Foundation

Program: Research in Enterprises

Other Partners: Chris N. Tsolakis Ltd, Talos RTD, Sigint Solutions Limited

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