Rose hips have been used in cooking for centuries to bring a sweetness from the field into the kitchen, while they are available.
Rose hips mainly consist of flavonoids, sugars in the form of sucrose, glucose and fructose, tannins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and a high amount of immune boosting polysaccharides called pectins. Nutrient rich and tasty, they’re a welcome addition to autumn meals.
Harvesting and Processing Rose Hips Helpful Tips ~
- Leather gloves are a good idea for picking as they protect our hands and wrists while reaching through thorns to get to the rose hips.
- Kitchen or exam gloves. You’ll cut the rose hip in half, and scoop out the irritating hairs and seeds.
- Drop the rose hip flesh in a bowl of water. The residual hairs left on the hips will float to the top, and you can pour them off. This will take several washings.