Hubby and I were out looking for mushrooms on Thursday October 18 (which happens to be our anniversary – 38 years and counting!). I really wanted some Hen of the Woods to make jerky with, but….we got skunked. Well, not really, since we found a BIG Beautiful patch of Rose Hips. Look at how gorgeous these are!! Some of them were shriveled and dry, which is perfect because I’m going to dry them anyhow.
If you have rose bushes, you might be in the habit of pruning faded rose blossoms to encourage more flowers, but if you leave them, you will see these small, berry-like seed balls.
I thought about making some jelly with some of these berry-like seed pods. It would be quite tasty….but….I don’t use a lot of jelly. I drink a LOT of tea, though, so that’s what will happen with this bunch. I’m going to put them in the dehydrator until they get crisp, then keep them in a glass jar until I’m ready to make a nice bright and tart and sunny-tasting tea, full of vitamin C. Good stuff for dark, cold winter months.
These were hips from Wild Roses in Northern Polk County, and you can use hips from virtually any roses at all – wild, shrub, vines or cultivated.
Here’s what the inside of the Rose Hips look like. One thing to note here is the tiny, hair-like fibers that you can barely make out surrounding those seeds. If you want to make jam, pie, or anything that involves eating the entire berry, you will want to scoop those seeds out of the berry. Those hair-like fibers don’t break down in the digestive process and they cause itching and discomfort on the, um, tail-end of the process. You just don’t want that, trust me.
I have noticed that I find Wild Rose Hips near water – on the South Shore of Lake Superior; near Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan, near McKenzie Creek in northern Polk County. They are out there right now, go get yours. 🙂