Rose hips are basically the enlarged ovaries of the rose flowers. They're particularly high in vitamin C, and can be used to make wine, tea, soup, and jam. Rose hips have more antioxidants than blueberries and contain a lot of iron as well.
If you want to pick your own rose hips, select bushes that have not been sprayed with pesticides. Pick the berries after the first frost. If they are soft and mushy, do not eat them. Never bring them in contact with metal pans or utensils unless they are stainless steel. Always remove the seeds before consuming; they are coated with tough hairs that we cannot digest, and when passed through the system, give us what the Aborigines call "itchy bottom disease." The French call rose hips "gratte-cul," which means "butt scratch." You get the picture.
Here are some recipes to try:
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