Harvesting Rose Hips
Harvesting rose hips to use in rose hip recipes or tea. How to harvest rose hip fruit at its peak. When to harvest rose hips for best flavor. Which rose variety is best for growing and harvesting hips.
Rose plants make hips in the fall after they have finished blooming for the season. It is best to wait until the hips have fully colored before picking them.
They vary from bright red to yellow/orange depending on the species.
As the hips ripen they will soften and even shrivel as they dry on the plant. If you plan to use the hips whole, you can wait until they have begun to dry before harvesting them.
Just rinse the partially dried hips in clean water and spread them out on screens to finish drying before you pack them into jars for use in rose hip herb remedies.
If your rose hip recipes or remedies call for prepared rose hips, pick them while they are still firm.
Preparing Rose Hips for Use
Best Rose for Growing and Harvesting Rose Hips
Rosa rugosa makes the largest, tastiest hips of any rose. Apparently rose hips are like collard greens in that frost sweetens them so wait until after the first freeze to harvest them if you want to be assured of the best flavor.
R. villosa, the apple rose, also makes tasty hips.
Raw Rose Hip Jam
This quick and easy recipe for rose hip jam does not require you to cook the fruit. Rose hips are most nutritious when raw. Rose hip refrigerator jam preserves their natural vitamin C content.
Organic Rose Hip Oil
Rose Hip Tea Benefits
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