Processing rose hips

hemnancy(z8 PNW)October 15, 2009

I am trying to make better use of my rose hips this year, and found some recipes on the internet, but I'm finding it very difficult and time consuming to remove the seeds and the irritating hairs from the hips. Perhaps gloves would help but I was starting to feel like the hairs were getting embedded in my skin. One recipe called for cooking the entire hip and running it through a mill to get out the seeds, I'm wondering if this would remove the hairs well enough or if they would be present in the puree.

Also can the hips just be dried whole to make a satisfactory tea without removing the hairs and seeds.


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If you want to make tea with rose hips, you can just dry and crush them. Then make a small teabag(just a bag LOL) fron some cotton fabric. Anytime you want to make rose hip tea, put some in the bag, tied it and drop it in.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 10:17PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I'd bag it like suggested. That should keep most of the hairs in the bag.

And yes, the seeds and hairs are miserable to try and remove. I remember trying that ONCE. Never again. I just crush and put in a tea bag or something akin to that.


    Bookmark   October 16, 2009 at 8:35AM
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hemnancy(z8 PNW)

Thanks, I'll have to make a tea bag. What about the puree? Would the hairs end up in the puree after being put through a food mill? I hate to go to all the work to find out, but the recipe on the internet didn't mention a problem.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2009 at 4:54PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

When I was a kid there was a row of rose bushes alongside my school building. In the Autumn we would drop the opened hips down people's backs and call it 'itching powder'. What nice little children we were. If you make jelly or syrup you can drip the whole pulp through a bag and sieve out the hairs and seeds that way.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2009 at 9:49AM
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I think, when those fiberglass-like hairs are cooked or brewed, will not be irritating anymore. I could be wrong.
I will experiment it. I can get a lot of hawthorns hips, which are like rose hips but smaller.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2009 at 8:28PM
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cabrita(9b SoCal)

I have over 50 rose bushes, and some of them are rugosas. Last year I made a syrup where the hips were boiled in simple syrup. I just split them in half and did not attempt to remove seeds/hairs/skin after trying it on a couple of hips. I strained the hips out and the syrup was fine. It did have a little tannic taste (I assume from the seeds) but it worked out great, since i used most of it with vodka (adding a little syrup, soda water and ice) and the tannin actually helped the flavor.

This year I am just simply keeping the dried hips in a jar and I put them in a pot of tea when I want a little tangy touch. I am getting less hips because I am pruning the roses more often.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 3:19PM
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hemnancy(z8 PNW)

I went ahead and dried them whole, I'll have to try some tea. There are still a lot out on the bushes so maybe I can try cooking some as well.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 7:26PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Cyrus - hawthorn haws have a stone(pit) in them, not individual seeds with hairs like rose hips so experiemting with them will not be the same as trying rose hips.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 4:27PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

The native Crataegus (hawthorn) here that I'm familiar with have a number of "seeds" in them rather than a single stone. I just harvested a couple gallons this past weekend of haws from my hawthorn trees. They were planted by a previous owner and I'm reasonably sure they are Crataegus phaenopyrum or Washington Hawthorn, a US native. But hawthorn do cross easily from what I understand making identification difficult. They have roughly 5 seeds per haw. They don't have hairs in them like rosehips.


    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 10:37AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I stand corrected. I was thinking if the hawthorns we have here - mostly C monogyna ....... duh ..... I've just realised what that name probably means.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 1:21PM
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I took my time to cut every single one of them half then clear everything out nicely. I believe it is time well spent as rose hips is a excellent source of vitamin C. Must never cook them tho unless you want to waste most of the vitamins.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 6:10PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

There's a discussion of rosehip jelly gong on the Harvest Forum at the moment. Might be of interest.

As young newly weds just after WWII with no money my parents spent many hours picking rosehips for a government scheme to produce rosehip syrup for the nation's children. It was used as a source of Vitamin C at a time when oranges were not available. The sad thing is that when they took them to the weigh station they were told no more were needed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rose hips

    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 4:44AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Ok. There are roses that are called "LANDSCAPE" roses. The hips are quite big (as big as cherry) and they have thick meaty walls. I just picked some couple of days ago. But they are loaded with seed. NO HAIR at all. I crushed them in some water. The seeds floated and I spooned them all out. Then I heated them in double pot to about 160 F(70C) . I think I am going to make cold beverage with them, to get all the vitamin C. If you boil/cook them over 160F for a prolonged time, chance are that you will loose most or all the vitamin C. It might be ok if you gently heat them up to 212F(100C) . Then some of the vitamin C can be saved.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 11:04PM
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