Make this Rose Hip Syrup or Jam recipe to use as a handcrafted herbal gift for family and friends this holiday season.
The colorful fruit of winter—bright, tart, and full of vitamin C.
• 1/2 cup dried rose hips (no seeds or fuzz)
• 3 cups apple juice
• 1/2 cup honey
• Juice of 1/2 lemon
• 1/4 cup rose water
1. Place the rose hips and the apple juice in a nonreactive pan; cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator, put the pan on the stove, and bring it to a boil.
2. Remove from the heat, puree in a blender, and strain to remove any seeds. Return to the pot and add the honey and lemon juice.
3. Simmer over low heat to the desired consistency for syrup or jam. Add the rose water last. Makes about 2 1/2 to 3 cups, depending on desired consistency.
Mindy Green is an herbalist, aromatherapist, educator, and writer. She is also an esthetician, a consultant to the natural products industry, and director of education at the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of Calendula (Keats, 1998), Natural Perfumes (Interweave, 1999), and co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (The Crossing Press, 1995).
Read more about making herbal holiday gifts: Homemade Holiday Gifts: Herb and Aromatherapy Recipes.
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