I use foraging to increase my nutrition each year. I am seeing loads of rosehips in the hedges and so I am going to pick some and take them home to makevrosehip syrup. The pictures are of some rosehip I collected last year from my Mum’s garden after her funeral. I froze them as they make a nicer syrup if touched by frost, and so freezing them had the same impact.
Rosehips contain 20 times more vitamin C when compared to oranges. During the world wars, school children were given a week off school and paid to collect them in order to improve the nutrition of the nation when oranges couldn’t be imported.
You can use Rosehip syrup in the same way as you would use maple syrup eg on pancakes, in porridge, over ice cream, in yoghurt, or even in cocktails.
You will find Rosehips in lots of hedge rows. I have put a picture of the dog rose flower as it is common, but there are different varieties and you can use any ripe rosehip.