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Name: Donna Hill
Brimley, Michigan (Zone 4a)
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donnaraehill
Oct 14, 2013 5:35 AM CST
How to I dry rose hips? I would like to keep them over the winter months for their vitamin C.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Oct 14, 2013 2:27 PM CST

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They should just dry by themselves, and after that you can keep them in the freezer and thaw them out whenever you need some.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Oct 14, 2013 3:18 PM CST
Yep, they'll dry by themselves but I've found if you pick them when they are a nice juicy red color you can more easily get all the seeds out of them than waiting for them to fully dry. When they are fresh you can open them with your fingers, scoop the seeds out with a quick "scoop" of your thumb, then lay the hips on a tray to dry. You could also just go ahead and freeze them as is if you like.

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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Oct 15, 2013 9:51 AM CST
Think of them as "rose apples", because that is exactly what they are. Roses are in the same plant family as roses. You can handle them the same way you would apples. Some roses are richer in vitamins than others.

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Lyn
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Name: Donna Hill
Brimley, Michigan (Zone 4a)
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donnaraehill
Oct 18, 2013 8:30 AM CST
Thank you all for helping !! Thumbs up
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Oct 18, 2013 7:44 PM CST
Ooops ! I meant to say that roses are in the same family as apples ... Sticking tongue out

Smiles,
Lyn
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