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Rose Hips
(Rosa canina)

Vitamin C bombs | Antioxidant

During one of my walks I encountered beautiful rose hips along the water's edge. These are the false fruits of the Dog Rose (Rosa canina) that are packed with goodness. You might recognize them as a vitamin C bomb, due to the ascorbic acid present. Though studies show that the antioxidant effect is even more enhanced by constituents like glycolipids, beta-carotenes, minerals, catechin and other flavonoids. Because of this interplay, rose hips would also play a role in our immune system, for the kidneys and in inflammatory reactions in our body.

In wintertime, birds especially love the pseudo-fruits. And because ethics are important to me, I only harvest what I need and leave the rest for the animals in the environment. After drying, I process the hips into an herbal liqueur that I use therapeutically with a starting cold. But one could also use them for cosmetic or culinary purposes.

Tip: when stored for a long time, the hips tend to lose the high vitamin C content quickly. Therefore, use them as fresh as possible or shortly after drying. How would you process the hips?