My student Hamed sent me this email (I quote with his permission)
"The end of this month (Ordibehesht –end of April to middle of May) in Iran is the time that people in the middle of Iran; particularly Kashan and Kerman, start producing one of the most important productions that they use to do for thousands of years. They are well-known in production of Rosewater that we call it “Golaab” (Gol means Flower, Aab means Water). Kashan Golab has worldwide reputation and every year all the holy shrines in Mecca getting washed by Kashan Golab before “Haj” ceremonies. Based on Iranian myths, we believe Rose was produced after Prophet Muhammad’s perspiration when it dropped from his face on soil and then rose became exist. So we call Rose in Iran as “Muhammadi Flower; Gole Mohammadi” –گل محمدی-. Golaab has being used as original perfume since long time ago for all religious ceremonies in Iran and it is a common smell for every holy shrine across my country. (it also being used for food and drink)I am please to present some nice photos from making Golaab in Kashan and Kerman in the below links;Hope you enjoy;
Of course we also make our own kashan golab in Lebanon, which we call mawared. The village of Ksarnaba in the Bekaa is known for it. The cover of my book From Akkar to Amel depicts a woman from Ksarnaba harvesting the roses. You can also find more on the Traditional Lebanese Food blog (link on this page). Thanks Hamed!