They’re chock full of Vitamin C…

…but don’t plan on using them unless you know for a fact they haven’t been sprayed with any type of insecticide!

Rose Hips-1

From Wikipedia:

The rose hip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn.

Rose Hips-2

During World War II, the people of Britain were encouraged through letters to The Times newspaper, articles in the British Medical Journal, and pamphlets produced by Claire Loewenfeld, a dietitian working for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, to gather wild-grown rose hips and to make a vitamin C syrup for children. This was because German submarines were sinking many commercial ships: citrus fruits from the tropics were very difficult to import.

Rose hips are (also)  used to help prevent colds and influenza.

You can read the entire article here.

4 responses to “They’re chock full of Vitamin C…

    • If you clicked on the link, Lancer, you saw all the uses for these wonderful little hips. I did have a 70-some years old, huge rose bush back when I had the fam, and used to make Rose Hip jelly…a bit tedious, but such a beautiful, delicate color, especially since I used raw honey instead of white sugar!

      Good luck with the syrup…I’m certain you’ll be pleased with the flavor!

  1. I had no idea about that. I have heard of Rose hip, but had no idea or made the connection that it came from actual Roses, seems really silly now.
    Love your images.
    I am so sorry I am so far behind in my blogs, trying to catch now.

    • Not to worry…I have to force myself, some nights, to even post, let alone go through my e-mail accounts. My days have been so very busy…or I may not have been feeling well yet still pushed myself…that by evening, I am almost spent!

      Glad 2+2 equaled 4 for you here…they do make a wonderful jelly or syrup!

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