Foraging for Rose Hips

rosehipAutumn is precisely the time to find some of nature’s most wonderful things. Rosehips for one – they are plentiful where I live as wild roses grow everywhere. They are the fruit of the rose plant and typically are orange to red in color. Rose hips are used for Herbal Teas, Jam, Jelly, Syrup, Rosehip soup, beverages, pies, bread, wine & marmalade. They can also be eaten raw, like a berry, if care is used to avoid the hairs inside the fruit. Dried rose hips are also sold for primitive crafts and home fragrance purposes. Rose hips are particularly high in Vitamin C content,  they contain 50% more vitamin C than oranges. A single tablespoon of the pulp gives an adult more than the recommended daily allowance of 60 mg. They can be eaten raw, after being put through a blender, or soaked in water overnight and then cooked in the water for about half an hour. Rose hip extracts are used to reduce arthritis pain. Rose hip tea is a mild diuretic and laxative. It is used to improve, and relieve the symptoms of kidney disorders, or to help in the case of mild constipation. The astringent qualities of rose hip oil makes it a valuable addition in cosmetic preparations. It has the ability to help regenerate new skin cells. This can be used to treat scars, acne and burns. While it is an astringent, it does not dry out the skin; actually it helps to rehydrate it, keeping the moisture in. Drinking rose hip tea daily will also benefit your skin. Rose hips have a high vitamin A content. Vitamin A is commonly referred to as the “skin vitamin”. The vitamin A is also beneficial to the immune system. It can help to prevent infections from both bacteria and viruses. It helps the immune system to fight off any infections that do occur too, also known as a good cancer preventative. Make sure you harvest Rose hips that have not been sprayed by pesticides.

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2 Responses to Foraging for Rose Hips

  1. james says:

    Is it a particular type of rose that produces the fruit or do all roses?

    • Aldora says:

      Pick only the ripe berries that are vivid red and slightly soft. They have a much better flavor if picked after the first frost…preferably late August, September or October. You can harvest them from your garden, but they’re more plentiful from old-time shrub varieties such as rugosas and wild rose bushes. Stay away from ones that are sprayed with pesticides and roadside bushes. Aldora 😉

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