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Top Tea to Harvest this Month - Rose Hip by Cassie Liversidge

Monday, November 3rd 2014 @ 1:45 PM

Rose hips (Rosa) are the fruits of the rose plant once the bees have pollinated the rose flowers. Not all roses produce rose hips, as a lot of roses are bred to have tightly packed petal formations so the pollinating insects are unable to access the flower.

 

Rose hips contain a huge amount of vitamin C, which helps maintain a healthy immune system. You can grow many different varieties, so choose one suited to your location and available space.

 

This month should be the best for harvesting rose hips, and they should be round and brightly coloured. Cut off the stems from the hip and the dark fury tops. Put these hips into a food processor and pulse to grind them up a little. Spread these hips out on a baking sheet and put into a low temperature oven for about 20 minutes or until completely dry. Put the dry hips into a sieve and shake out all the tiny hairs.

 

To make tea from rosehips you need to make a decoction. Place a teaspoon of hips into a saucepan with 1 ½ cups of water. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Then pour into a teacup and enjoy this sweet, caramel tasting tea.

~Cassie Liversidge

 

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CASSIE LIVERSIDGE was born in the UK and studied fine art at Plymouth University. She grew up on her parents’ plant nursery, where her love of gardening began. Her debut book, Pasta Sauce! Grow Your Own Ingredients, came from a desire to share her passion for eating homegrown food and living in a more sustainable way. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons, but spends time in New York each year. Cassie is author of Homegrown Tea, released March 2014. Visit her website at cassieliversidge.com

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