SA: Hassawi roses add fragrance and freshness to life

Embracing the fragrance and fresh energy for the entire day, 60-year-old Abdul-Azim Al-Mutlaq starts moving at dawn every day in the midst of 7,000 plants of the famous Hassawi roses at his farm in Al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province of Saudi-Arabia.

This practice he has continued for more than three decades and that has given him fresh energy and enthusiasm all throughout his life. “I spend my day cultivating and moving around in the farm where I have had spent 33 years caring and cultivating original organic products,” he said.

With the onset of the summer breeze and bidding farewell to the cold winter climes, Al-Mutlaq is now busy harvesting Hassawi roses. He eagerly awaits the arrival of the rose season every year to enjoy its sweet aroma and the great demand for it within Al-Ahsa region and outside.

“The production is very large in the summer season, and caring for roses involves immense efforts. Along with my children, I am keen to pick the roses early in the morning because it is the best time for picking,” he said.

“In the daytime, I receive tourists who enjoy watching the activities of flower picking and planting seedlings, and with the help of my children, I have started producing rose water using the process of distillation,” he said.

Al-Mutlaq turned to cultivation and harvest of Hassawi roses after his successful experiment of cultivating the famous Hassawi red rice, a hidden gem, which farmers say has high nutritional value and can help alleviate the pain of those suffering from arthritis and broken bones.

Hassawi roses that are considered as the sweet roses for the people of the Al-Ahsa region constitute a state of sublimity while the roses are hanging in the market after picking it fresh and tender.

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