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Rose hip syrup recipe: what you can do with rose hips!

Making our wild rose syrup is a multi-step process worth every bit of effort. But really, making this rose hip syrup isn’t difficult. And the syrup is so delicious, soothing, and rich in nutrients like vitamin-C that you’ll crave making it.

We love to get out in nature to harvest our own hips from summer through fall. However, buying hips can also make for a delicious syrup. Just be sure to purchase food-grade, not decorative, rose hips.

Rose Hip syrup recipe hips

Luscious hand-harvested wild rose hips for syrup

When and where to gather rose hips:

First, if you use hips you harvest on your own, select only wild hips growing in places where road run-off, spraying and other nastiness won’t contaminate your crop.

Secondly, pick rose hips when they are deep red and slightly soft. Ideally, pick them after a first frost. However, some varieties of rose hips will go bad by the time a frost comes.

So, for instance, we harvest wild Rosa rugosa in late summer. This rose is a non-native species with enormous, sweet fruits. And late summer is when they’re at their at their peak!

Later in autumn we gather Nootka rose hips from our property. If they’re ripe but we haven’t had a frost, freezing them before processing them, brings out an extra bit of deliciousness.

A note of caution about rose hips:

If you’re working with whole rose hips (purchased or self-picked), be sure to fully strain out all of the tiny hairs!

That’s because these can cause serious internal aggravation and must be removed. It is labor intensive to remove the seeds and hairs from fresh fruits.

We find it worthwhile to do this removal before drying most of our wild harvest. That’s because most of these hip “chips” go into teas. And we don’t want those nasty hairs floating around in our teas.

But, for some of our harvest, we freeze whole hips for recipes like the syrup that follows. This works because we carefully strain the solids through a cloth jelly bag or paper coffee filter to capture the hairs out of our syrup.

Finally, those hairs and seeds can go in your compost heap.

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