‘Black roses’ are becoming more well-known
ŞANLIURFA – Anadolu Agency
The black rose (Karagül), which can only be obtained in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Halfeti district in the world, draws great interest from tourists due to its color. The rose is used in making products such as jam, perfume, cologne, chocolate, soap and crème.
Under the leadership of Halfeti District Governor Şeref Albayrak, works have been ongoing to draw more tourists to Halfeti, which is called the hidden haven of the southeast for its historical stone houses and naturals beauties.
An international perfume company has also produced a perfume named “Halfeti” by using the essence of the black rose and sells it for high prices in various countries. The purpose of these products is to make a contribution to the promotion of the “hidden city.”
“We have set up a greenhouse for black roses on the coast for people to see the black rose when they visit the district. We have also increased the cultivation areas of the rose in different parts of the district,” he said.
“This year, women attending the Public Education Center produced jam, Turkish delight, perfume, chocolate, soap and crème with the black rose. Tourists have a chance to see the black rose in person and buy these products. A British brand used the essence of the black rose and made a perfume. This perfume was loved by people. The reputation of the black rose is out of the country and we want to attract more people to Halfeti and Şanlıurfa,” said Albayrak.
“This plant blossoms in the fall and spring. After that, we use it in the production. These products are appreciated by visitors and they also buy our products,” said the district governor.