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Rose Hips for Food and Medicine

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Using rose hips for food and medicine has been part of human history for generations. They’re easy to harvest, prepare, and preserve in our modern homes too.

Wild Rose Hips for food and medicine ready to be harvested.

Harvesting Rose Hips

Harvest after the first frost for best flavor. Choose the plump and firm hips from the plant, leaving the withered and soft ones behind as a food source for wild animals. As always avoid rosehips that have been sprayed with chemicals or are very near busy roadways. If doubt, leave it be and look for another source.

Preparing Rose Hips

First, remove both ends of the rose hips. The inside of the rose hips contain the seeds and fine hairs that can be irritating to the skin and the stomach. Slice rosehips in half and remove the seeds and hairs. Just scoop the seeds and hairs with a small spoon or wear gloves and use the fingers.  The rose hips are now ready for preservation or fresh use.

Skip the seed and hair removal if planning to leave the rose hips whole in tea drinking for example.

Make the most of the floral fruits of fall by using rose hips for food and medicine with these easy ideas for preservation and recipes.

Dehydrating Rose Hips

Spread the rose hips out on a tray or screen and let dry at room temperature. Alternatively, dry on low in a dehydrator. They are done when completely dry and crispy. Store the dried rosehips in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight.

Red rose hips for food and medicine still on the rosebush.

Rose Hips as Food

Rose hips have a tart flavor and make a bright flavorful tea. Make rosehip tea by covering 2 teaspoons of dried rosehips with 1 cup of boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes before straining. Sweeten if desired and sip slowly.

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Rose hips can also be turned into delicious jelly.  When looking to make adult drinks and wonderful gifts consider this rose hip whiskey smash or brew some rose hip wine. Combine rose hips with cranberries and spices for a delicious change to the traditional cranberry sauce this coming holiday season.

Rose Hips as Medicine

Taking rose hips as medicine is as easy as brewing that cup of tea above. It’s a tasty and convenient package that requires no other special preparation – no need for tincture making or infusing oils.

Naturally high in Vitamin C (containing as much 50% more Vitamin C than oranges), rose hips are a natural way to boost the immune system and prevent scurvy. If drinking a cup of tea isn’t a person’s favorite thing, get the same benefit by making a sweet and concentrated rosehip syrup.

Make the most of the floral fruits of fall by using rose hips for food and medicine with these easy ideas for preservation and recipes.

Rose hips are a mild diuretic and laxative and can help treat urinary tract infections.

A natural anti-inflammatory, rose hips are being studied for the positive effect on arthritis without the side effects of prescription medications.

As the fall season begins to descend upon us, get ready for that first frost and get out there to harvest rose hips. A jar of these beautiful floral fruits can serve the house well and keep everyone running well and healthfully all winter long.

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Monday 6th of July 2020

Are these to be found on any variety of rosebush?

We really love them both straight off the plant or in teas. Thank you

Kathie Lapcevic

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Yes any rosebush.

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Monday 30th of March 2020

It is safe for the patient of blood pressure and heart patient

Kathie Lapcevic

Tuesday 31st of March 2020

If you're taking any medication please check with a pharmacist or your doctor - that's the only way to be 100% certain.


Saturday 1st of September 2018

Making salve with a class. Do we need to take the seeds and hairs out first?

Kathie Lapcevic

Monday 3rd of September 2018

You could do it later if you strain it well. I find it easier to do first.


Thursday 12th of April 2018

Is rose hip any good for morning sickness? I'm desperate nothing works!!

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 12th of April 2018

Not that I know of, I'm sorry. Ginger is probably a good bet if you're not allergic but this most definitely not my area of expertise. Try seeing a local herbalist and perhaps they can help.


Wednesday 20th of September 2017

When my son was young *will be 40 this year*, I use to make "cough drops" using herbs and such. His favorite was one was made with ground up rosehips *no seeds/fuzz*, and used a basic sugar water which I boiled long enough to the hard crack stage. My biggest problem was keeping him away from the hips straight off of the bushes. He was here one day helping me out and started on the hips and all I could do was remember seeing that precious red-headed little boy of yester-year snitching the hips...

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

What a delightful story! Thank you for sharing.