Rose hips are the tiny seed packets in the center of the rose. They are left on the stem after the petals have fallen off. How to harvest rose hips is fairly easy – it’s mostly just in timing the harvest right.
There’s nothing more natural and affordable then going outside and eating (or drinking) a piece of nature! Rose hips uses are nearly endless in the home and kitchen. Scroll down for recipies and harvesting tips.
Rose Hips Uses: Tea, Jelly & Baked Goods
Although dried rose hips do look lovely in potpourri or as decoration on a wreath, their nutritional benefits and delightful taste are too much to pass up! You can use rose hips in a variety of ways:
- Decoration in potpourri
- Decoration on a wreath of wood or evergreen branches
- In rose hips tea
- In muffins, bread or cookies
- In rose hips jelly or jam
When & How to Harvest Rose Hips
Through the late summer and autumn months of August, September and sometimes October the rose hips ripen, turning into a dark orange or red shade. Harvest them only after they ripen, otherwise the taste is bitter and they don’t have nearly as many nutrients like Vitamin C.
It’s advisable to wear long sleeves and gloves when harvesting rose hips due to the thorns on the bush. Simply cut off the rose hips from the bush with a scissors or knife.
At home you can remove the stems and hairy top. You can dry rose hips, or use them fresh in any of the delicious recipies below.
Best Recipies Using Dried Rose Hips
Marmelade, tea, bread and potpourri – the many ways you can use rosehips is nearly endless. If you harvest more than you can immediately use, simply lay out the rose hips on a flat surface (paper plate, baking pan) with proper ventilation to dry. Shake around the rose hips every couple days to make sure they don’t mould.
Dried rose hips can last for years if stored properly in a cool, dark place.
Remember that dried rose hips will be used differently than the fresh ones. For example, making rose hip tea is better if you use dried rose hips – but the fresh ones are better for making rose hip jam or jelly.
Rose hips tea benefits are the same regardless whether made from dried or freshly harvested rose hips.
Rosehip jelly Recipe
For any kind of jelly, marmelade or jam one needs pectin (a thickening agent). You can buy this separately or use a fruit that contains a high amount of pectin. Here’s a recipe that works lovely:
- 1 kg apples
- 1 kg rose hips
- 1 kg (or 700g for a less sweeter jam) sugar (raw & natural recommended)
Remove the seeds from the rose hips for jelly making. This can be quite tedious, but a fun task for little children. The best rosehip jelly has equal parts rosehips and apples, since the pectin from the apples makes the jelly much thicker.
Rose hip tea recipe
- Plase two tablespoons dried rose hips into a cup. The flavor is stronger if they’re fresh, but you’ll need to put in about twice the amount if using fresh rose hips.
- Pour in boiling hot water, poke at the rose hips with a spoon, then cover the cup and let steep (sit) for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add lemon or honey to your rose hips tea for better taste.
Rose Hips Tea Benefits
Besides being high in Vitamin C, rosehips are believed to have a calming and almost
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Rose Hip Muffin recipe
If you use fresh rose hips, remember to add less moisture to the recipe. The one below is adapted from this site.
- 3/4 cup oat bran
- 1/4 cup millet flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp sweet rice flour
- 1 cup cooked and strained rose hips
- zest of 1 small lemon
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup honey (or just more sugar as a vegan substitute)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg (or put in 1/5 cup vinegar as a vegan substitute)
Pre-heat oven to 375°F or 175°C. Cream (combine) butter and sugar, then mix the dry ingredients separately, and lastly combine all. Recipe yields about one dozen.
Harvest Rose Hips & Enjoy many different Rose Hips Uses Year-Round
Because they can be dried and stored so easily, you can add them to tea and baked goods and other culinary delights. Rose hips uses can include giving them away in a pretty glass jar as gifts for friends and family.
If you have any other recipes or suggestions on how to use rose hips, please leave us a comment below!