Rosehips are the fruits that develop on wild roses when the flowers drop off.
They are known for centuries for their concentrated source of Vitamin C and are enjoyed by humans and animals alike.
Besides Vitamin C rose hips are also rich in:
Vitamins A, D, E, flavonoids, lycopene, iron.
Rose hips contain anti-inflammatory properties and may be used to support healthy joints.
The various flavonoids in rose hips have a potent antioxidant action.
During World War II, the British government used rose hips to make
rose hip syrup as a source of vitamin C to replace citrus fruits that
were impossible to get.
Dried rose hips are great to steam for a Vitamin C rich tea.
Simply steam the hips in some water for 15 mins.
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Here is a fun recipe for Rosehip Syrup
Rosehip Syrup is made with the tea you make with either fresh or dried hips.
- 1 cup Rose Hip Tea
- 1/2 cup Honey
- Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until honey dissolves. Makes 1/2 pint.
- Store in refrigerator. Syrup will thicken slightly as it chills.
- Reheat for use on pancakes, waffles, ice cream. YUM!
The heated syrup can be canned by pouring it into hot, sterilized 1/2 pint jars and processing in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.