- Pick your rosehips. Typically ready around September to December, and when they are a deep bright red.
- Wash the hips then cut in half and remove the seeds. Although the seeds can be used rose hips also contain little hairs that can be an irritant!
- Put the hips in the oven on a low heat around 110 degrees centigrade for around 2/3 hours until they are bone dry.
- Let the hips cool and put in a blender, pulse until small pieces. You can sieve them at this point to remove any more hairs.
- Store in an air tight jar. For tea put around a teaspoon of the dried hips in a strainer with hot water and enjoy.
- Rosehips have been found to contain twenty times the amount of Vitamin C in oranges.
- Latin name for rosehips is Rosa Canina.
Guest blog by local forager Martha Cattell