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~ wild rose hips are best picked after a frost for the best flavour; they make excellent tea and are high in vitamin c ~

when harvesting wild rose hips, make sure that the area has not been treated with chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides.  Chose rose hips that are a deep red in colour and slightly soft to the touch, and if one can wait until after a frost, they have a much richer flavour.  Whole rose hips can be washed and laid out to dry, and used in a variety of teas, jellies or juices.  Over the winter, store in an air-tight container

to make rose hip tea, steep dried rose hips in hot water for at least twenty minutes; use 2-3 teaspoons for each cup of boiling water.  If sweeter tea is desired, add honey to taste

wild rose hips

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