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Health Benefits Of Rose Hips | Wild Edibles | Rose Hip Recipes

Rose hips are often overlooked, 
but are a fantastic food found in abundance.

Rose hips are the fruits of a rose.  Rose hips are very high in vitamin C.  Just 1 tablespoon of pulp contains 50% more vitamin C than oranges.  Because of this high vitamin C content they are an excellent for boosting the immune system, especially during winter.  Rose hips contain plenty of lycopene, an important antioxidant found also in tomatoes.  Rose hips also contain some vitamin A and B, E, K essential fatty acids, and antioxidant flavonoids. They also contain the minerals calcium. iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.

Rose hips have been used to treat arthritis including rheumatism, stomach disorders, for preventing stomach irritation and ulcers, and intestinal diseases. They are also used for diarrhea, constipation, gallstones, gallbladder ailments, lower urinary tract and kidney disorders, fluid retention (dropsy or edema), gout, back and leg pain (sciatica), diabetes, high cholesterol, weight loss, high blood pressure, chest ailments, fever, increasing immune function during exhaustion, increasing blood flow in the limbs, increasing urine flow and quenching thirst. ~Source

Rose hips can be dried for tea and can also be re-hydrated to use in recipes or the fresh pulp can be eaten or used to make recipes such as jelly, syrup, sauces and even soup.

Rose Hip Tea:
Serves 2
10 dried rose hips
2 cinnamon sticks
A touch of organic honey (optional)
2 1/2 cups water

Place rose hips and apples into a tea pot or directly into 2 mugs 
(2 apple slices + 5 rose hips + 1 cinnamon stick per mug).  
Pour boiling filtered water over top and steep for 5-10 minutes.  
Add a touch of honey if desired.  Enjoy!

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