Best roses for tea hips?

beesneeds(zone 6)January 23, 2013

I want to put in some roses for their hips, but I'm at a loss as to what to plant.

I've read some things that speak generally, like rugosa or apothecary are good... But very little information about specific roses, by name.

So, what are really good roses for tea hips? Any that are particularly tasty or have nice fat hips worth brewing up? Or are well suited for making rosehip preserves? Or ones that you have found are really not good for hips?

I'm hoping for specific names to look for, like SilverX or Aunt Mollys Gold.. Or whatever. Seems like there's a million kinds of roses out there, even when I look them up under their general name, like rugosa.

I have room to accommodate at least three kinds. I'm kind of hoping for something bushier rather than vining. My neighbor has a crazy vining rose with little pink blossoms, but the thing eats the fence and it's hips weren't very tasty.

Sorry if this info has already been covered in another thread. I looked around a bit but didn't quite find the info that I was looking for.

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Look to herbal and edible plant sources for the best varieties for herbal and culinary use. But outside that, big fleshy hips are what you want - that sounds like I'm talking about women in a Rubens' painting doesn't it? *grin* Ahem, even little hipped roses are usable but just more work. You might try Richters, Raintree Nursery, and other fruit tree vendors for sources.

Apothecary rose is a specific variety of Rosa gallica, albeit a 1,000 year old variety. Antique rose sources also carry this one. I have this one. Beautiful. I had to learn the hard way not to prune antique roses like the modern hybrids. Read up before pruning.

Every rugosa rose I've ever grown had large hips. I have a few good fruiting varieties here like "Alba," "Frau Dagmar," and "Blanc Double de Coubert." They are very nice.


    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 4:40PM
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beesneeds(zone 6)

Thanks for the information, they look like very pretty roses :)

Do they taste good?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 4:07PM
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There are rugosas that are native to the USA that are great for making hips. I've seen them on Long Island Sound - those are called beach plums; and I collected a gallon of hips from huge clumps of rugosas in New Mexico.

You could ask this question on the antique rose forum, too, you'd probably get some good answers there.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 9:47PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Taste like rose hips, which I've always found to be a very mild flavor.


    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 8:20AM
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Here's a pic of the beach plum I mentioned above. This was on Long Island.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 2:24PM
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beesneeds(zone 6)

Thanks again for the suggestions folks.

The beach plum pic looks an awful lot like a rose in my neighbors yard that is eating the fence up. It's pretty, but the hips were rather small and they weren't all that great enough to be worth collecting. It also looks a lot like a wild rose growing down by my pond that had small hips didn't taste too bad, but didn't really produce enough hips to make a pot of tea with.

Maybe I just don't know enough about roses to tell the differences.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 5:16PM
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Here's my thumb (for reference) against Rosa rugosa 'Rubra'. These hips are the largest from my roses (and I have many).

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 6:57AM
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