Rose hip

The wild (dog) Rose fruits are known as hips. The name dog comes from ‘dag’ named after dagger like thorns. The wild rose is the most common rose in Britain. The hips are the fruits that appear in late summer and contain some 20 x the vitamin C of an orange! Take care of the seeds as they are laxative and are super itchy (you could trick a younger brother if he’s annoying you!!!)

Rose hip syrup

Rosehip syrup

Rose hip syrup

It was part of the war effort to gather rose hips and turn them into syrup for use as a vitamin drink to prevent scurvy in the population, especially in children, during the Second World War.

1kg rose hips
2l water & 1l water
450g sugar

Here’s how to do it

Boil 2l water add cleaned rose hips then bring to boil and leave for 15 mins. Drain juice through a jelly bag and put remaining pulp back in the pan. Add the 1 litre of water and bring to boil, again leave for 10 mins after boiling. Strain again through jelly bag and pour the strained juice into pan and boil. Reduce until you have 1 litre of liquid. Once reduced add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Funnel the syrup into sterilised jars or cool and freeze.

Did you know

Rose hips have been eaten since ancient times. In the mediaeval times wild roses were grown in monasteries as a medicinal herb.

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