Friday, December 4, 2009

River-Rose Hips!

Handy and Healthy Rose Hips!

Last year I started the tradition of picking Rose Hips after the first frost. They are the fruit which comes from rose bushes and are typically red, orange or a deep purple.

They have many culinary uses such as syrups, jellies and in teas. One great thing is that they are packed with Vitamin C and full of antioxidants. So much so, Great Britain harvested their Rose Hips and turned them into a dietary supplement when their importing of citrus products where limited during World War II.
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I dry them for tea. They are picked, washed and cleaned up. To hasten the drying process they are then spread onto a broiler pan and put into the oven at 250 degrees for two hours. Remove and place onto paper towel or cheese cloth and allowed to continue drying, on a sunny window sill, for another couple days.

I then place the dried berries into the blender to chop them up. About one teaspoon and a bit of honey makes a cup of delicious, soothing, and healthy tea!

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