October is the perfect time to harvest rose hips from local wild roses Rosa canina. Not only is the rose hip known as a powerful antioxidant, it is also an excellent source of vitamin C, A and E, all of which support a healthy immune system.
Rose Hip Tea Place 4 – 8 cleaned fresh rose hips in a cup of boiled water. Let steep for 10 – 15 minutes then remove the fruit. If using dried fruits, place 1 – 2 teaspoons into an infuser and submerge into 1 cup of hot water for 10 – 15 minutes. Enjoy hot or iced, sweetened with honey if preferred.
To dry rose hips for overwintering, wash and cut off blossom and stem ends. Cut the buds in half to remove the seeds, then place on a tray to dry in the oven or dehydrator at 110°F until dry and brittle. Store in an air tight jar.