Although nothing compares to the excitement I experience when my old roses first bloom, seeing the fruit of the rose … the roses hips that come after the blooming season make me happy too.
……Makes me feel closer to the generations that came before us and grew these amazing roses. Rose hips are not only beautiful but contain more vitamin C than citrus fruit. So, you can imagine the value pioneers placed on this fruit.
……Makes me relive stories I’ve heard my dad tell of how thankful he was as a little boy during the depression to have a mother with a green thumb who knew how to use everything she grew or found in the meadows for food or medicine.
……Makes me remember stories I read of pioneer women who counted as prize possessions the old roses that grew long, hooky thorns–used as living fences to protect their gardens against the animals who liked nothing better than fresh veggies from a well-tended garden! These roses also provided wonderfully fragrant flowers for vases and potpourri and after the flowers came the fruit they used in jams, jellies, teas and herbal remedies. Win. Win. Win.
I make teas from the herbs I grow (mints, lemon verbena, etc.), but have never used my rose hips in a recipe. Do you ever make herbal teas from the herbs and flowers you grow? Favorites?