How to Eat a Rose Hip





Introduction: How to Eat a Rose Hip

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As a child I remember taking walks with my dad and learning how to eat rose hips. I mention this every once in a while and am sometimes met with disbelief. I assume this is because, usually they are quite hard and do not appear to be tasty. Also, inside of rose-hips there are nasty seeds with prickly bristles, which form an ideal itching powder (second and third image). Getting these seeds and the accompanying bristles on your tongue is exceedingly unpleasant.

However, after the first frost sets in and once they have frozen and thawed again, they turn into tiny balls of jam, hanging from the trees. I thought I would share how to eat these tiny balls of creamy goodness.

Step 1: Identify a Viable Candidate

Find a medium to large sized rose hip (Small ones sometimes are very sour and you get less bang for the buck, large ones can sometimes be very dry). Test them with your fingers. If they feel squishy and juicy on the inside you have found what you are looking for (if they are squishy but dry, they are ideal for itching powder, if they are hard, they have probably not completely frozen yet).

Step 2: Squish It!

Once you pull it off its branch, you should see a small hole on the bottom of the rose hip. This is your access point to the tangy sweetness. Turn it so that the access point faces towards you and give it a gentle squeeze. Make sure the seeds stay inside its skin (to prevent the 'itching powder on tongue' sensation).

Step 3: Eat It (Step 4: Repeat...).

This one should be self explanatory.

(But don't eat too many of them, as they are some of the very few sources of nourishment birds have during the winter. Be sure to leave enough for your feathered friends. On the other hand, you should also make sure to share them with your non-feathered friends, as they are one of the best sources of vitamin C - much more so than the overrated lemon.)



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I breed rosehips. We have some 3-400 varieties here and I can tell they all taste different. Some better than others, some exceptional!

Here in Ukraine (ex-USSR in general) we call it "shipshina" or "shipovnik" (= "thorny bush") - a far relative of garden rose, i.e. some kind of wild rose.

You can find it here everywhere in drugstores in dried form packaged into a little cardboard boxes. You're supposed to brew this stuff as an ordinary tea (i.e. in vacuum flask) and get a perfect source of vitamin C which is contained here in much higher concentration than in citrus. o_0

You learn something new every day. Thanks for sharing. :)

I used to eat rosehip skins all the time when I was a kid. Tasty!

This is one of the things I teach I'm my preparedness classes. It's a great source of vitamins and minerals in the winter months. They have kept many generations of pioneers from illness.

I used to eat them all the time growing up. We ate the whole thing seeds and all, never had any problem with the little hairs on the seeds. I really like them. Step brother used them the make pemiccan once in a while.

This is great, I didn't know it can be eaten without any special preparation (however... I have used it many times as 'itching powder').