Rose Hips

Rose hips (or haw) are an important but often overlooked part of the plant. Everyone admires a full bloom, but what is going on behind it? Find out all the wonderful uses for these fruits, from eating, cooking, health, perfumes, and more!

Rose Hips

The haw is the part of the plant left when the bloom dies and falls away. They are small, about the size of a crabapple. In fact, plants of the rosa variety come from the same plant family as the apple tree.

The rose hips are the actual fruits of the bush, and are produced by nearly all varieties. They are edible with nearly all types as well, but most people say the Rugosa breeds have the most delicious taste. They have a slight sour and tangy flavor that many people say is like cranberries. For the best flavor, pick them after the initial frost of the fall, which will help ripen them and add more sweetness. You simply trim the stem ends and the blossom portion. Then slice the hips in two equal parts, take out the seeds, and wash thoroughly.

Rose Hip

You can eat them in many ways. They can be eaten raw, dehydrated, or canned. They can also be used in sauces, jams, and syrups. Most varieties are high in Vitamin C. In fact, by weight, they have more than citrus fruits. Great Britain used rose hips during World War II to supplement their vitamin intake. They can also be crushed and used as an herbal tea. This can be done by boiling the fruits, dried or crushed, for about 10 minutes. For every pint of water add 2 tablespoons of crushed berries. You can use honey, mint, or hibscus.

Some medicinal studies show that eating them may help with arthritis and joint stiffness, although this is not proven. They have also been known as a natural laxative and a diuretic as well. No known side effects!




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