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Hip, Hip, Hooray for Hipped Roses!

By chelle
February 13, 2013

Roses that produce hips can be a highly beneficial and attractive addition to your garden.

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Joannabanana
Feb 12, 2013 6:28 PM CST
Great article! I have the best hips on my Red Leaf Rose. They stay bright red for a log time (sorry about the type-o in the title of the thread, not sure how to edit it)
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chelle
Feb 12, 2013 7:03 PM CST
Thanks, Joanne.

I just looked that rose up and it's one I'd like. Thumbs up
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Feb 12, 2013 7:06 PM CST
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 12, 2013 7:24 PM CST
Dear Chelle, what a lovely Article which has brought back so many memories for my mother who has read it. During the second world war stuff with vitamin C in was scarce due to the U-Boats sinking shipping in the Atlantic.
So the British used rose hips for vitamin C, with a quite ingenious way of collecting the common dog rose hips ( Rosa canina), by using schoolchildren. You see chocolate was almost impossible to get, but the parents would give a very small piece of their chocolate allowance, which was about 1 oz a month per person if available to the schools.
The child who collected the most rose hips per week was given a tiny piece of chocolate, as a bonus and incentive.
The rose hips were made into a syrup and given to pregnant mothers. Rationing did not end in Britain till 1954, so my mothers first taste of chocolate was in 1948, when she had collected the most hips.
My mother was at school right through the war (1939-1945), but never won the coveted prize till 1948.
Even now in the UK any pregnant woman can get Rose Hip Syrup free from the Pharmacy, it is that good for women that are expecting a child. Strange but true.
Love the Article.
Regards from a very cold England.
Neil.
p.s Rosa canina is native all over Europe and grows everywhere. It is quite wild.
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zuzu
Feb 12, 2013 8:31 PM CST

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Great article, Chelle. I don't decorate for the holidays, but I supply my neighbors with lots of rose hips for that purpose.
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chelle
Feb 13, 2013 5:51 AM CST
Neil,

I'm so glad that you and your mother found the article enjoyable. I can only imagine just how many hours of perseverance were necessary to hand pick an appreciable amount of Rosa canina hips. They're quite tiny, aren't they? It seems to me that our wild roses here produce hips that are about half the size of my smallest fingernail.

Amazing.


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NEILMUIR1
Feb 13, 2013 7:18 AM CST
Dear Chelle, actually because of the gulf stream on the west side of our small island and the fact it rains quite a bit the rose hips are quite big! Roses seem to like clay soils, especially around here. Everyone who grows them puts horse manure around the base in October, and prunes them to stop wind rock in November. Endless pruning and deadheading as they grow so well. I know as most of the Royal parks and big estate gardens have massive rose gardens, and I have worked on them.
The dog rose grows wild everywhere, and it can be a menace. Yet it is still collected and made into Rose Hip Syrup. or in some places Rose Hip Wine! Rose Hip wine is incredibly good for you, if you don't have too much.
My mother is getting on in age now, but you brought back some lovely memories for her, so i thank you again!
My mother always tells the story of some Caribbean soldiers, yes they were in the war as well. They were billeted into my uncles farmhouse, that is they were allowed to live there as we did not have enough military barracks, and those we did have were bombed by the Germans.
Anyway they brought some bananas and pineapples with them across the Atlantic. They most kindly shared them with the schoolchildren to taste. That was an amazing thing during the war, as nobody knew what they were, and you could not get them.
My mother tasted her first Orange in 1943 when my grandfather came home on leave from Egypt, and dates, she was very lucky as orange juice was not available until the late 1950s
The children nowadays think it is rough, try that. No chocolate, no sugar, no coffee and a small amount of tea. Hardly any meat and you grew your own vegetables.
Great Article.
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Feb 13, 2013 8:39 AM CST
I really enjoyed your article, Chelle.

The dog rose grows wild here. I love the scent that can travel quite a distance & I always know when it has bloomed in the spring when its fragrance comes wafting my way to lure me to them. The hips are small but there so many that it's really worth the time to collect them in the fall. Rugosa with bigger hips also grows in this area, I would like to see more of those.
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chelle
Feb 13, 2013 9:00 AM CST
I think you've hit it right-on, Neil. The lack of summer rain must be why our wild hips are so much smaller.


I'd like to see more rugosas as well, Christine. I have a small collection started and couldn't be happier with them. Smiling They, and the OGR are also the only ones in the garden proper that escaped the rabbit predation here this winter.

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Feb 13, 2013 10:54 AM CST

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Wonderful article, I will be sure to appreciate my rose hips now! And Neil, thanks for sharing your extra stories from your mother, it added so much to Chelle's article!
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Skiekitty
Feb 13, 2013 11:49 AM CST
I always deadhead so I don't see hips too often (other than my own hippo hips). But we have a wild rose here that produces some MASSIVE hips.. almost an 1" across! I'll have to take pictures of them next time I'm at the dog park, they grow wild there.

Also, how do you make hip tea / syrup?
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chelle
Feb 13, 2013 11:57 AM CST
Toni, I cheat.

For tea I just heat water to boiling and fill a tea ball with crushed, dried hips. Drop the ball in the cup and pour the water over, cover and give it about 10 minutes to seep. Done.

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Skiekitty
Feb 13, 2013 12:07 PM CST
Chelle - Geez, I was thinking that it was gonna be a LOT harder than that! Kinda like making hibiscus tea. What does it taste like? Now I'm uber curious.. I wonder if I have any hips on any of my roses.. I should wander around Friday & see... (it's too dark by the time I get home from work)
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 13, 2013 1:44 PM CST
Dear Chelle, the Police have horses here and they come past my street and put a bit of manure down on the road and everyone goes to collect a bit for their roses. I just go to our local stables and you can get as much horse manure as you want for free, if you shovel it up! Although my mother grows roses which I look after for her I do not as I am sick of pruning thousands over the years and all the other things you have to do.
Black spot is a fungus as you know. Nowadays we are not allowed coal fires, so there is no sulphur in the air as the UK is very green in its policies. Sulphur gets rid of blackspot, and many of the chemical sprays for blackspot are made from it.
At Hampton Court which is a Royal Historic Palace the rose garden is so immense it takes up to 14 highly trained gardeners to do the roses alone. Yes I was trained how to bud them and everything else, but every estate has thousands of them and you do get tired of them. Luckily now the youngsters do it and I can admire there beauty, not there bad habits.
Regards from a very cold England.
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chelle
Feb 13, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Skiekitty said:Chelle - Geez, I was thinking that it was gonna be a LOT harder than that! Kinda like making hibiscus tea. What does it taste like? Now I'm uber curious.. I wonder if I have any hips on any of my roses.. I should wander around Friday & see... (it's too dark by the time I get home from work)


I'd say its flavor is fruity-sweet, rather than sour. Not sweet like a soda or honey, but more like just a good refreshingly smooth, light juice.

I use the hibiscus and calendula in mine occasionally but it seems to me that the calendula changes not only the flavor, but the texture. It's then a bit more like drinking a dry, fruity wine.

If gathering your own hips: I've read a few notes here and there that advise removing the seeds before using. It seems that the little hairs around them might cause digestive distress.


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NEILMUIR1
Feb 13, 2013 2:33 PM CST
Ask Sharon she did many articles on them!
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CDsSister
Jul 14, 2014 8:08 PM CST

One of those random tips that caught my attention.

Did we get an answer as to needing to remove the seeds?

Does anyone know how you go about making an extraction?

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chelle
Jul 15, 2014 5:38 PM CST
I'd remove the seeds if I were consuming fresh hips.

A liquid extract is made by slow-simmering the hips in water to yield a concentrate. I've never done it myself, but I'd imagine that you'd just strain off the simmered liquid after it's reached the desired consistency.
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