|pruning the garden ~ 10.23.11|
checked HERE to find out about rose hips...
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|irritating, hairy covering ~ don't forget to remove it!!|
I LEARNED (ever the educator, that I am!):
- rose hips pods are the seed pods of roses (that sounds reasonable)
- the pods are generally found at the end of the growing cycle (autumn?)
- people use them for decorations (should I put the stem in water? or let them dry in a vase?)
- birds will eat the dried or shriveled pods (ummm... we have some very picky birds - I don't think so!)
- rose hips & rose petals are edible (I like the fragrance, but nothing about them looks tasty!?)
- roses are in the same family as apples & crabapples (pretty obvious in the first picture)
- rose hips have a tartness like crabapples & are a great source of Vit C (I think I'll choose to swallow my Vit C)
- rose hips have an irritating, hairy covering (remove prior to eating!)
- to get a sense of the taste, it is suggested that you brew yourself a cup of rose hips tea!
- you'll need to steep 4-8 hips in a cup of boiling water for 12-15 minutes
- rose hips can also be used to make jelly, sauces or as a seasoning in soups
So, have I convinced you to try brewing some rose hips tea?
Let me know how it tastes!!!