I remember the first time I realized that rose hips were edible. I reached down and plucked a bright red bulb off of a wild rose bush and popped it in my mouth. After chewing a moment or so, I was NOT so impressed. It was seedy and dry – not what I had expected. I swallowed and plucked another hip off the bush, this time with a different plan! I gently gnawed at the meaty flesh of my tiny seed pod and enjoyed the sweet taste of this tiny fruit.
Rosehips are nutritionally packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E. They have been noted as good for bladder problems and all infections, as well as serving as an effective antidepressant, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, sedative, anti-inflammatory, digestive stimulant, increase bile production, cleansing, expectorant, antibacterial, antiviral, kidney and a blood cleanser in the form of tonics and teas. (Always select wild herbs and berries from a location you are certain is not treated with chemicals and be mindful to leave some for the wildlife in the area – there is more than enough for everyone :)
Living in the Saskatchewan prairies, we have the perfect land for growing prairie roses. One day my oldest son brought me a rose hip asking me what it was, hoping he could eat it. I wonder if he related it to a strawberry by it’s redness and came to the conclusion that it must taste good. After explaining what it was, we took a nibble and he was sold! Every fall, after the leaves have fallen from our trees and the air becomes cooler, he ventures out to the rose bushes and back into the house with a handful of rose hips for tea.
The sweetest blessings in life are a pure heart and a cup of warm tea!
The information provided in our blog is simply a result of our own research and is provided to encourage you to greater health and wellness. It is not intended to treat or diagnose. Please consult a professional if you have any health concerns or questions.
Sources: Prescription for Nutritional Healing – 5th Edition – Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, The Complete Medicinal Herbal – Penelope Ody, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs.