Celebrating the 2012 Herb of the Year: Make Rose Hip Tea

| 1/25/2012 10:58:16 AM

PBHobson2Patsy Bell Hobson is blogging at Oh Grow Up! When not in the garden or on the road, find her in southern Missouri USA. Read more travel stories at Striped Pot. Find more garden, travel and random rants on her Facebook. 

Did you know that the 2012 Herb of the Year is the rose? I have a dainty pink rose in my herb garden that is well known for its large red-orange hips. The hips, or fruits also referred to as rose haw, are high in vitamin C. I love to make rose hip tea with these roses, as it is one of the most popular culinary uses for the rose.

Known for big rose hips, this small rose bush lives in my herb garden.
Photo by Patsy Bell Hobson

Making this vitamin-rich tea from scratch can be a lot of work, so remember that rose hip tea and rose hips are readily available in stores or online. I also scored some wild rose hips while on a hike this fall. Despite the hard work, I believe that everyone should make their own tea at least once in their life. Knowing the source of the roses and learning how to make rose hip tea from scratch is fun.

Gather rose hips after the first frost.
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Wikimedia Commons 

To prepare rose hips: