Rose Hips – Rosa rugosa

Sea Rosehips
Sea Rose (Rosa rugosa) hips

Rose hips are the seedpods of the rose. They share the same family with apples and crabapples. But we don’t see them as often as in the past. Today people prune off the spent roses to encourage more blooms. Without leaving the dead roses in place, the seedpod will never form!

Rose hips are so healthy for you…Vitamin C is especially high, but they also contain some Vitamin A & B. They can be used to make tea, jam, jelly, syrup, soups, beverages, pies, bread, wine, and marmalade. The dried hips can be used in craftwork and add a nice red touch to wreaths for fall.

Rose hips have been used for perfumes, cosmetics, and hand lotions since long ago. Pliny records the use in herbal medicine in AD 77; he states it was used for 32 different disorders.

During WWII rose hipes were grown in Victory Gardens and the hips after making tea could be added to soups and stews. Prior to then the Native American women used them for food also. They are great because they dry well and will last all winter.

Rose Hip Tea: Rose hips can be used fresh or dried, for a simple rose hips tea use 2-4 hips. You’ll need about twice as many hips, if using fresh. Steep the hips in a cup of boiling water for about 10 – 15 minutes.

A half-teaspoon of dried mint may be added to give a different flavor, or the acid-tasting tea may be sweetened. Rose hip tea may also be improved by blending with hibiscus flowers.

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