Rose hips, the fruit of rose flowers, are high in vitamins C and A. They also contain carotene (which is also found in carrots). Making your own rose hip tea is easy, and the result is a nutritious and delicious beverage. This recipe produces about four cups of rose hip tea. Here's how to make rose hip tea:
Ingredients and supplies:
1/3 cup dried rose hips (either from your garden or store-bought)
1 tablespoon dried mint or lemon balm
One quart cold water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar or honey (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
Large saucepan with lid
Fine mesh strainer
- Combine the tea ingredients. Place the dried rose hips, the lemon balm or mint, and one quart of cold water in the saucepan. Cover the pan and place it over medium heat.
- Simmer the rose hips. Bring the mixture slowly to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer the rose hips without stirring or uncovering the pan for 15 minutes. Do not bring the rose hips to a boil quickly or for an extended period of time.
- Strain the tea. Now, pour the finished tea from the saucepan through a fine mesh strainer into the bowl. The strainer will catch the rose hips and dried herbs. Crush the rose hips using a fork to extract all of the vitamin enriched liquid inside them. Once all of the liquid has been extracted, discard the used herbs and rose hips.
- Sweeten the tea. Sweeten the rose hip tea using sugar and lemon juice, if desired. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. For a more natural sweetener option, use honey instead of sugar.
- Enjoy! Serve immediately in coffee mugs, or refrigerate in a covered container for up to 48 hours. This tea is best enjoyed warm.
Rose hips can be harvested from your rose bushes and dried in the early fall. They are also available at health food stores in dried form. Rose hips will range in color from red or orange to purple or even black. The mint and lemon balm may be omitted or replaced by your favorite herbs. Rose hips are not very flavorful on their own, though they contain many beneficial nutrients, and they should be combined with other herbs to increase taste. Rose hips are also used to make marmalade, jam, soup, and mead.