What is a Rose hip?
Rose hips are the fruit, or seed pods, of rose plants. They are usually red or orange but can be purple or black, and they typically ripen in the late summer or fall.
Rose hips remain on the plant after rose blooms fade. We sometimes don’t see them because we tend to prune the faded rose blossom down to the next stem node to encourage more flowers.
Both rose hips and rose petals are edible. Roses are in the same family as apples and crab apples. They are a great source of vitamin C and can help to stave off colds in the winter.
Britain’s hedgerows abound with forgotten remedies for countless health problems. The book has many recipes to boost wellness and explains how to you harvest and prepare your own healing remedies. This extract is for recipes with Rose hips, abundant at this time of year.