Rose hips are the fruits that come from our rose bushes. The rose hips can be used fresh
or dried. Rose hips are high in Vitamin C and very tasty to eat. Rose hips also contain
vitamins A, D and E, flavonoids and essential fatty acids. They are also a good digestive aid
to benefit the good microflora in the digestive system. There are hundreds of rose
varieties available, but the best are the wild species that are smaller flowered.
Roses are easy to grow, and need slightly acidic soil. Rose hips should be harvested in the
fall after the first hard frost after they turn bright red, but before they shrivel up. The
hips can be dried indoors and can keep for several years if stored in a glass jar and kept
away from direct sunlight. Don't grind the dried hips until you are ready to use them.
Contraindications: Because of the ascorbic acid content, too much rose hips can
cause stomach upset or diarrhea. If this happens, simply cut back on the amount.