Now that it is well into October, many of the summer-blooming rose plants are flowerless and left with only the rose hip (or rosehip) or the red, berry-sized fruit. While these seed pods add interest and colour to the late summer/fall garden, they are also edible and have a pleasantly sweet, yet slightly tart flavour.
Rose hips are also an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. All roses produce hips, but rugosa roses are thought to have the best tasting hips. The best time to harvest rose hips is after the first frost. The cold seems to sweeten the flavour. Rose hips are ready to be harvested when they are bright orange/red.
Choose rose hips that are firm and bright in colour. Use a pair of scissors to cut rose hip from stems. The tough hairs and seeds inside the hip should also be removed before consuming. Cut seed pod in half to remove the seeds. If you are ready to give rose hips a try, be sure to only eat ones that have not been sprayed with pesticides or fertilizers.
Here are some uses for rose hips:
- Rose Hip Jam
- Rose Hip Syrup
- Rose Hip Soup
- Rose Hip Tea. Steep 4-8 fresh or dried rose hips in a cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
- Dried rose hips can be added to potpourri.
- It is an ingredient in skincare and cosmetic products.
- Rose Hip can be made into an essential oil that can help reduce age spots, wrinkles, and other skin issues.
- Rose hip powder can be taken as a natural supplement to ward off colds and flu.
- 25 Unique Ways to Use Roses (funflowerfacts.com)
- DIY: Rose Hip Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Oil & Tea… For The Health of It! (naturalremediesblog.net)