Have you ever tried Rosehip tea? I have not, yet I have heard of many of the benefits the tea can impart. According to all the information I have read, (both online and in books) Rosehips are the buds which form on rose bushes after the pollinated flowers have formed seeds. The hips (which are small round baubles on the rose bush, usually a red colour) are how the rose propagates itself. The seeds eventually emerge from the hip and can grow a new rose. The Rosehips can be collected in the winter months and used to make a variety of foods and beverages.
- Rosehip jam;
- Rosehip mead;
- Rosehip Tea;
- Rosehips eaten raw.
They apparently are very high in vitamin C and can be a great boost to your winter immune system. According to information I found, you can consume it both dried or raw… although apparently when it is raw you need to be careful of the hairs inside the Rosehip. I read once that they are the main ingredient in itching powder, so I doubt you want that in your mouth.
I collected some rosehips from the cuttings that Kitty made from our Rosebushes earlier in the year. They had dried a little so I figured they were a good ingredient in some homemade Rosehip tea. The instructions I found recommending dropping the whole berries in hot water, or crushing them and making the tea from that. I decided to cut marks into the berry flesh (to allow the goodness to permeate the water) and add it to a cup of freshly boiled water. I allowed it to sit for 10 minutes and then tasted the brew. I have to say I was a little underwhelmed. The water had a subtle, dirt, flavour. I could taste nothing but water with a hint of dirt. Maybe the water was filled with vitamin C, yet I had no way to know. The problem could lay with the fact that the rosehip berries were old, yet I don’t think so… apparently people have traditionally collected them in the winter from the dead flowers on rose bushes.
I will try to buy some from a health food shop as soon as I am near one, so that I can taste them (maybe they are meant to taste like dirt in hot water). If I like the taste I think I may dry some in the next season and try them again. I would be very happy if I could use the many rose bushes at my house as a source of food, yet I am not yet sold on the taste of Rosehips.