Wonderful ways to use Rosehips

It’s that time of year again where foraging is in full force and there is plenty mother nature is providing for us including Rosehips, with such abundance what can you do with them? Check out this great article by Natural Living Ideas for 16 ways to use them:

16 Wonderful Ways To Use Rosehips For Beauty, Health & Happiness

Rosehips – the fruit of the rose which is left behind after its blossoms naturally fall away – is one of the richest plant sources of vitamin C on the planet. A close relative of the apple, rosehips can be used for many of the same wonderful (and often delicious) uses as its oh-so popular cousin. Read on to learn how to harvest rosehips and then how to make rosehip pie and spiced rosehip cake, rosehip-infused vinegar, as well as jams, jellies, drinks, and more!

Tips for Harvesting Rosehips

Rosehips are sweetest when harvested in the late fall once the fruit has darkened into a deep red or bright redish-orange color and is slightly soft to the touch. Hips harvested before they have softened or changed color will be very tart.

If you plan to use your rosehips for recipes which require removal of the seeds and hairs, choose larger rosehips to harvest as these will be easier to clean and will yield more fruit.

Watch your rosehips carefully as they mature. If left on the plant too long, fruits will become too soft and begin to shrivel which indicates that they are no longer useable. Also, mature rosehips tend to attract wildlife like birds and deer. You’ll want to be sure to harvest your hips before the local fauna gobbles them up!

 

1. Rosehip Herbal Tea

Mother earth living brings us a mild, tangy and fruity tea using either fresh or dried rosehips. Perfect for warming up on a cool day!

Ingredients: rosehips, Stevia powder, organic mint leaves (optional)

Equipment: kettle and tea cup

2. Rosehip Jelly

This rosehip jelly by Elise on simplyrecipes is a tasty and healthy compliment for biscuits, muffins, and other baked treats!

Ingredients: rosehips, lemon juice, pectin, butter, sugar

Equipment: 8 oz canning jars

3. Rosehip & Apple Jam

Try this simply and delicious rosehip and apple jam on toast, english muffins, and biscuits.

Ingredients: rosehips, apples, raw organic honey, lemon juice

Equipment: sieve, 8 oz canning jars

4. Rosehip Syrup

This simple syrup made from fresh rose hips can be added to just about anything for a splash of flavor and color!

Ingredients: rosehips, natural unbleached sugar

Equipment: blender or food processor, strainer bag, sterilized glass jars for storage

5. Spiced Rosehip Cake

Whip up this delicious and nutritious spiced rosehip cake by Delightful Delicacies as a wintertime treat for yourself or to share with family and friends.

Ingredients: rosehips, natural unbleached sugar, spelt flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla extract, organic extra virgin olive oil, baking soda, powdered sugar, salt, lemon zest (optional)

Equipment: 9” cake pan, mixing bowls, parchment paper, food processor, cheesecloth, candy thermometer (optional)

6. Rosehip Pie

Instead of apple pie, try baking with rosehips instead. This rosehip crumble pie recipe from the Alaska Wild Berry Guide and Cookbook is sure to become a new family favorite!

Ingredients: rosehips, milk, flour, baking powder, salt, shortening, eggs, brown sugar, pecans (optional)

Equipment: 9” pie tin, rolling pin, non-stick pastry mat

7. Rosehip Muffins

Rosehips are great for making tasty and nutritious muffins! Check out this recipe by bread + buttercups.

Ingredients: rosehips, oat bran, millet flour, whole wheat flour, sweet rice flour, lemon zest, unsalted butter, sugar, Greek yogurt, baking soda, salt, baking powder, eggs

Equipment: electric or stand mixer, non-stick muffin tin, muffin cups (optional)

8. Nyponsoppa (Rosehip Soup)

Nyponsoppa, a traditional Swedish soup made with rosehips is a delectable treat which is also fairly easy to prepare. Swedishfood.com offers an excellent step-by-step recipe for making homemade nyponsoppa.

Ingredients: rosehips, super fine caster sugar, cornstarch

Equipment: food processor, cheesecloth

9. Rosehip-Infused Vinegar

This super-simple rosehip-infused vinegar is excellent for dressing salads or adding a tangy flavor to veggies.

Ingredients: rosehips, apple cider vinegar

Equipment: cheesecloth, resealable glass jars

10. Rosehip Wine

For the truly adventurous, this instructable gives a detailed recipe for turning rosehips into wine.

Ingredients: rosehips, yeast, sugar, pectic enzyme, lemon juice, lactic acid

Equipment: wine fermenter, airlock (waterlock), emptied and sterilized wine bottles & corks, hydrometer, siphoning tube, food processor, acid testing kit, glass measuring cup, heat belt (optional)

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