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fish
2012-10-13, 10:53
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This week we have been very busy harvesting rosehips for our store cupboard,Rosehips dont keep long unless dried properly,by far the easiest method of preserving is to make a syrup of them,we have manges around 15 pints so far with plenty more to do.
During the world war they were harvested by the tonnes from the English hedgerows. A s citrus fruits were off the menu for the war years vitamin c had to be found and believe it or not the humble rosehip was the answer and yielded more vitamin c than oranges!
Rosehip syrup is great as cordial,drizzled over pancakes or just by the spoon full as a tonic.
Here is the recipe that i use as did my mother and grandmother during the war years:

Pick 3 lb of rose hips,ideally after the first Autumn frost,wash and then mince with a coarse mincer add to your pan and pour 4 pints of boiling water over them,bring to the boil then let stand for twenty minutes.
Next pour into a some fine muslin or pillow case and allow to drip until the bulk of the liquid has come through,then return the residue of the hips to the saucepan, add one and a half pints of boiling water, stir and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
Pour back into the jelly bag and allow to drip through. To make sure all the sharp hairs are removed, put back the first half cupful of liquid and allow to drip through again. Put the mixed juice into a clean saucepan and boil down until the juice measures about one and a half pints, then add one and a quarter pounds of sugar and boil for a further 5 minutes. Pour into hot sterile bottles and seal at once,if using corks scald them and seal with paraffin wax.

The Hedgerow Harvest, Ministry of Food , 1943

thanks for looking.

SGT Rock
2012-10-13, 10:54
Interesting, I've never heard all this. I wonder if it is also good on waffles.

fish
2012-10-13, 15:06
i recon it would be! not bad on icecream too!

mudhead
2012-10-13, 20:26
Grab most commercial vitamin c, some multis, at the store and read the ingredients. Most contain rose hips.

Drag if you are allergic to them. Great if you have a patch and can eat them.

sheepdog
2012-10-13, 20:28
Might be fun to make a batch.

Hog On Ice
2012-10-13, 20:54
the problem around here is getting enough rosehips - multiflora rose and carolina rose are about it for roses growing in the wild with multiflora being much more common - unfortunately the rosehips on the multiflora are rather small and the dang bush is very well armed making getting the rosehips a difficult task

generoll
2012-10-13, 22:54
so do rosehips have anything to do with roses?

Hog On Ice
2012-10-13, 23:00
yes - they are the fruit of the rose

Skidsteer
2012-10-13, 23:01
Rose hips are to roses what apples are to apple trees.

mudhead
2012-10-14, 12:21
You don't have rosa rugosa there?

I will pass on the multifora hips. Good project for someone you don't like.

Hog On Ice
2012-10-14, 12:39
rugosa is only listed for 4 northern counties in VA - VA is the southern limit for rugosa and it does not occur near where I live - see: http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=Virginia&statefips=51&symbol=RORU for the VA distribution

mudhead
2012-10-14, 12:44
Bet it isn't happy in those counties either. Here you can mow it and it just gets excited.

SGT Rock
2012-10-14, 13:19
Looks like some stuff we found on the BMT this summer:

Hog On Ice
2012-10-14, 14:31
most likely that is an escaped rose cultivar - the multiple petals like in the pic generally don't happen with a true wild rose - just 5 petals

SGT Rock
2012-10-14, 15:24
The area was where I think people use to have homes.

fish
2012-10-14, 15:29
hey sgt that type will do,also if you look on the net ,or on ebay.co.uk you can buy them dried .

fish
2012-10-14, 15:30
just a thaught,i could send a batch of seeds to sgt and he could pass them out to you guys to grow?

sheepdog
2012-10-14, 15:32
That would be great!!

Cuffs
2012-10-14, 15:38
No. That's a horrible idea. That's how we get non-native invasive species here. Green mussels. Sheepdog. Sound familiar?

SGT Rock
2012-10-14, 15:40
I think my mother already raises some form of roses.

Skidsteer
2012-10-14, 15:44
No. That's a horrible idea. That's how we get non-native invasive species here.

You shouldn't talk about President Obama that way.

Lugnut
2012-10-14, 15:47
+1 for Skids!

Hog On Ice
2012-10-14, 15:51
just a thaught,i could send a batch of seeds to sgt and he could pass them out to you guys to grow?

what species is the rose? If it is already naturalized in the area from long ago it might be no big deal.

sheepdog
2012-10-14, 16:06
No. That's a horrible idea. That's how we get non-native invasive species here. Green mussels. Sheepdog. Sound familiar?

the incredible hulk??

fish
2012-10-15, 08:54
what species is the rose? If it is already naturalized in the area from long ago it might be no big deal.

Rosa canina

Hog On Ice
2012-10-15, 10:28
As I thought Rosa canina aka dog rose does exist in the states probably introduced from long ago - its not a very successful introduction and only exists in scattered locations - see http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ROCA3 for details. It is not known for the county where I live in VA - the distribution pattern in VA suggests a colonial time frame for its introduction as a cultivated rose. Here is an old drawing of what the plant looks like:

http://plants.usda.gov/gallery/large/roca3_001_lvd.jpg

SGT Rock
2012-10-15, 17:39
They grow wild on the Lakeshore trail near Olie Cove Trail and especially just a little south of campsite 76 where it looks like an old pond use to be, right on the shore of Fontana Lake. That area was covered up in them. Both places were very very wet.

fish
2012-10-17, 17:37
so anyone having a go at making some?

MonkeyBoy
2012-10-17, 17:44
Looks like it would be good on cheesecake.

saimyoji
2012-10-17, 19:06
Looks like it would be good on cheesecake.

do your tastebuds still work?

Cwciwatch
2012-10-25, 22:02
You shouldn't talk about President Obama that way.

That's just funny, lol!

This quality message was brought to you by a guy that hangs in the woods.

john pickett
2012-10-26, 19:00
I didn't know sheepdogs were an invasive species.

sheepdog
2012-10-26, 19:44
I didn't know sheepdogs were an invasive species.

we're everywhere :arty::arty:





not a single dog icon. that's un-American.

john pickett
2012-10-28, 08:56
"cause I'm married, dog.

sheepdog
2012-10-28, 20:29
groan