What Are Rose Hips and How Can They Benefit You?

What are rose hips is about growing, harvesting and using the fruit of the rose. Medicinal uses and rose hips benefit arthritis sufferers. Why rosa Rugosa hips are preferred for syrup, jam and jelly.



Our Favorite Rose Hip Posters

Tabby-Tortoiseshell Kitten Among Horsetails and Rose Hips

Rose hips are the small, usually red, fruits that form on rose bushes in the fall once the flowers have fallen off.

Do all roses produce hips?

Yes. But, you may not have seen them because most cultivated rose plants are pruned to neaten them after they finish blooming.

This fall pruning prevents the hips from forming.

Are all rose hips edible?

Yes, though they do not all taste, or as you can see from the posters on this page, look the same. They are all safe to consume as long as they have not been sprayed with toxic chemicals.

All rose hips probably confer the same health benefits though it cannot be definitively stated that they do because most of the clinical trials have been conducted using Rosa canina or Rosa mosqueta hips.


Rugosa Rose Hips

Rosa Rugosa Hips in September

Rugosa rose hips are larger than those of other rose varieties. About the size of a crabapple. They are intensely red when ripe and reputed to be the best tasting of all rose hips.

This is the variety you would want to use when making rose hip jam, jelly, or syrup.

If you live in Maine or Nantucket, it is likely that you can locate a wild stand of Rugosa roses. Wild rose hip syrup is within easy reach for you.

Instructions for Harvesting Rose Hips


What Are Rose Hips?
Vitamin C Rose Hip Benefit

People have recently begun using rose hips for arthritis. The fruit has demonstrated an anti-inflammatory effect against osteoarthritis of the knee or hip.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease caused by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints. Once the cartilage is gone, the bones rub together causing pain and inflammation.

Vitamin C has long been known to support the formation and maintenance of cartilage.

Rose hips are full of vitamin C.

Dog rose hips in a basket.

They are such a good source of vitamin C that many supplement companies grind the dried rose hips into a powder and sell capsules of it. You can buy plain rose hip powder, rose hips and acerola tablets or vitamin C plus rose hips.

The additional benefit contributed by the rose hips is that they are a natural, whole food which contain bioflavinoids. Bioflavinoids work in conjunction with vitamin C as sort of a booster.

Another rose hip benefit derives from their pectin content. Pectin is a soluble fiber found in apples and other fruits that has demonstrated a protective effect against cardiovascular disease. Apparently, rose hips reduce c-reactive protein levels which also play a role in cardiovascular disease


What Are Rose Hips?
Using Rose Hips

You can avail yourself of the benefits of rose hips by taking rose hip supplements, preparing rose hip tea or marmalade, or you can use rose hip oil to lighten scars or hyper pigmentation caused by acne.



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