Roses forum: What is the best variety of roses for hips to make a drink rich in vitamin C?

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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 6b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
Feb 23, 2018 8:52 AM CST
I know next to nothing about roses except for how to grow the ornamental varieties and I'm really not that great at that. I would really like to grow roses that have the kind of hips that you crush, strain and make a drink out of. We don't have citrus growing in the Wild Woods of Tennessee. This seems like a great alternative to flavored drinks.
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses Irises Lilies
Feb 23, 2018 10:18 AM CST
There are lots of roses that make good hips. I think you will find rugosas near the tops of most lists: Hansa and Rugosa Alba might be good choices.

I went to the trouble of tasting many of the rose hips produced in my garden last year and I found the best tasting (fresh) to be on a rose that I never ordered, which I presume to be Bishop Darlington.

A terrrific rose South Africa makes hips, but in my garden they are a little bitter. Other roses in my own garden with hips include Lady Pamela Carol and Tess of the d'Ubervilles, both good roses.

I believe Heirloom Roses has a good list of roses with hips to complement their very deep catalogue. And Antique Rose Emporium's catalogue will generally indicate if a rose is notable for its hips.
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
Feb 23, 2018 12:01 PM CST
I use R. rugosa for marmalades and rose hip jelly. It has more 'flesh' than other roses I grow, which makes it easier to pick and clean enough hips to make it worth your while. Be sure you remove _all_ seeds before processing as they are extremely prickly and nasty if ingested. The trick to cleaning them without turning everything into mush is to pick the hips just _before_ they are fully ripe and turn soft, then cut them horisontally and remove the seeds with the back end of a tea spoon - I learned this from my grandmother who cleaned loads of rose hips in her lifetime and I highly recommend the method. Thumbs up

Also remember that R. rugosa can be invasive, especially in sandy soil. There are named varieties which are not invasive, but not all of them have good hips, so it's wise to do a little research before making your choice(s).

Good luck!
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