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Friday, 4 September 2015

A busy-bee's way of making rose-hip syrup

Hello everybody.

Come September, we are more than busy in our homes. It's the peak of canning & preserving season, and one must put as much as she can in the larder. My grandma used to say: "You stock up when you have, so that you don't hurt when there's nothing."

Say "hello" to Buds of Health!

Yesterday, I've noticed the hips from "Rosa Canina" (a wild rose) are ripening nicely. So, I've decided to head out into the woodland and check on "my stock". Back in early spring I have spotted those bushes and memorized their position - so when the time's right, I can come back and pick some hips for my larder; with respect of Nature (meaning - "Pick as much as you NEED")

What the bee is trying to explain is: 
people recommend that you pick the hips after the first frost "bites" them
but there's a proven risk of finding nothing then
(all hips get foraged by that time over here)

As you can see in the image, the hips are fairly ripen, but still somewhat hard. I solve that by simply leaving them to ripen up in a sunny spot, but not on the direct sunlight. Few days do the trick, they'll ripe up just enough. And, after that, we can get on with our magic. :)
The variety of ways that rose hips can be prepared is impressive. Some of the most common forms of rose hips include jams, jellies, soups, tisanes, bread, wine, pies, and even marmalade. It is an extremely versatile ingredient that is enjoyed by people all around the globe, whether due to its delicious flavor or for its nutritional benefits.

This is the recipe I'll be using this year:

I took this from

The health benefits of rose hips include their ability to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, relieve various respiratory conditions, prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, increase urination, regulate your digestive system, boost the immune system, increase circulation, and help to build strong bones.

Health benefits:
Prevents Cancer and Chronic Diseases: The carotenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols that can be found in rose hips are very powerful antioxidants, which eliminate or neutralize free radicals that are found within the body. They are the byproducts of cellular metabolism, and can damage healthy cells by causing them to mutate into cancerous cells, or simply killing them off. Free radicals or a lack of antioxidants is connected to a number of serious conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and premature aging. The wealth of antioxidants in rose hips are particularly adept at keeping the body healthy from all angles.
Lowers Cholesterol: Some of the organic compounds and antioxidant components in rose hips also reduce the cholesterol content in your body, thereby reducing strain on your cardiovascular system and also seriously lowering your chances of suffering a stroke or a heart attack.
Immune System: Rose hips have an impressive amount of vitamin C, which is one of the best methods to boost the immune system. Vitamin C stimulates white blood cells and is also essential in the prevention of asthma and the general health of the respiratory system. This also can be seen in the reduction of respiratory conditions such as colds and flus through the intake of rose hips and its high levels of vitamin C.
Diabetes Management: Rose hips have been shown to strictly regulate the blood sugar levels of the body, which is very important for people suffering from diabetes. By keeping the balance of insulin and glucose in the body, rose hips can prevent the unfortunate plunges and spikes in blood sugar that can be so deadly.
Diuretic Effects and Digestion: The various acids within rose hips, as well as pectin, are known to induce urination and excretion. As a diuretic, rose hips can help eliminate toxins from the body, as well as excess salts, liquids, and even fat. By stimulating bowel movement, rose hips can help a person to avoid any number of unfortunate health conditions and discomforts. Generally, rose hips are detoxifiers through and through!
Skin Care: People all over the world want their skin to look more beautiful, blemish-free, and youthful. There are hundreds of products and potential treatments for tightening and toning the skin, but rose hips are one of the best options. The astringent quality of rose hips keeps the skin elastic, so it doesn’t develop wrinkles, flaws are easily eliminated, burns and scars quickly heal, and your skin generally looks younger and more vibrant.
Circulation: Rose hips have a significant amount of iron, which is an essential component in the creation of red blood cells. Therefore, having an adequate amount of rose hips in your diet can prevent anemia and also keep your essential organs well-oxygenated, increasing metabolic activity and optimizing functionality of your various systems.
Bone Health: One of the most important roles of vitamin C, although it is one that is often overlooked, is its essential role in producing collagen. Collagen, along with the other important minerals found in rose hips, can help prevent osteoporosis by maintaining bone mineral density well into your old age, keeping you strong, flexible, and able to live an active life!

I'm inviting you all to join this year's Buys Bee's foraging and preserving activities. Find a local park; make sure to ask for permission, gather what you need, leave something for others.. and joyfully fill you larder.
Oh, and let me know all about it.


  1. Strange as the combo may sound, rose hip jelly or sauce is surprisingly tasty with some types of seafood, especially, IMO, salmon - it must be the tartness (and vitamin C) working much like fish's usual bedfellow, lemon juice.

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Rosehip syrup was really common here during the second world war - it was given out to help keep children's vitamin C levels up. I've never made it, though.