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How to Make Wild Rose Hips Tea From Your Own Dog Rose Bush

Penelope is retired, but teaches English in Rome. She is a published feature writer, playwright and poet. She loves local Italian customs.

Wild Rose Hips Tea

A pot of wild hips tea

A pot of wild hips tea

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Rose Hips

When the roses of a wild rose bush, (Dog Rose) end their flowering, the fruit that grows on the rose bush is a lovely bright red ball. Some wild roses bushes have more red fruits than others, some have more one year and less the next, but wild roses all produce these beautiful ripe fruits - called hips.

We have the most beautiful wild dog rose growing in our garden and this year it produced hundreds of lovely hips. An Eastern European guest that was staying with us told me how her mother always made tea from the rose hips growing around the countryside where she grew up - as she plucked a dried one off the bush and removed its seeds.

"You pick them, dry them, take out their seeds and there you are".

Dog Rose Bush with Hips

Dog Rose Bush with Hips

Dog Rose Bush with Hips

The Hips

Rose Hips

Rose Hips

Harvesting Your Rose Hips off The Dog Rose Bush

Picking the hips off the bush (late September)

Picking the hips off the bush (late September)

How to Harvest Rose Hips

It couldn't be simpler.

Pick your rose hips off the bush when they are red. Some may have already turned dark. It's fine to pick both the red and the darker ones. My rose hips, which come from a Dog Rose bush, which flowered late May, (see above picture) are ready at the end of September.

They look too dark by the end of the first week of October. You can tell when the bush begins to look tired, the leaves begin to tinge, the hips turn darker one by one.

Drying Rose Hips

Drying rose hips (about a week in a dry, sun free place)

Drying rose hips (about a week in a dry, sun free place)

How to Dry Rose Hips

Put the hips on some clean card in a dry place, such as a barn, store room or garden shed.

They don't need sunlight to dry, so best to keep them in a darkish place.

I don't think a garage is ideal because of the poisonous fumes from a car!

After about a week when you shake the hips, you should hear the seeds inside and this means that they have dried and are ready to be de-seeded.

De-seeding is the laborious task. You split the hip open with your fingers and remove all the seeds, leaving the hip clear of everything. Those hips have an indigestible itchy hair attached to them.

Discard the damaged looking hips.

Itching powder is made from the itchy seeds!

Dried Rose Hips

Dried wild rose hips

Dried wild rose hips

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How to Make Wild Rose Hips Tea

To make a vitamin C rich cup of wild rose hip tea using cold water:

  • Put one heaped tablespoon of dried rose hips in a pot or mug.
  • Add a cup of cold water.
  • Steep and strain

If you prefer a hot wild hip tea, then simply

  • Nearly boil a cup of water
  • Pour it over a tablespoon of dried wild rose hips
  • Leave to stand about five minutes
  • Strain and enjoy

Rose Hip Benefits

Rose hips are one of the highest Vitamin C plants available; so they are an effective prevention against colds and flu. They also contain Vitamin A and B.

A study of the strong antioxidant properties (lycopene) of the rose hips claims that the anti inflammatory properties and the anti-oxidants of a preparation made from the hips are beneficial to patients suffering rheumatoid arthritis.

Apart from the findings above and on a personal note, it makes such a refreshing drink, hot or cold and it feels so comforting to know where the rose hips come from that it makes you feel that it's very, very good for you! And that must count for something, mustn't it?

© 2012 Penelope Hart


Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 19, 2020:

That's so interesting to learn that with some time and patience you can have fresh tea from your own rose hip plant.

Linda Pogue from Missouri on November 01, 2014:

I would love a cup of rose hip tea. Thank you for the instructions.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on January 23, 2013:

Just have to wait till the end of next summer! Thanks onegreenparachute!

Lots of vitamin C, yes! So pleased you like the photos and many thanks for your kind comment vibesites.

vibesites from United States on January 23, 2013:

I don't know if normal tea contains vitamin C (which I need everyday), but you wild rose hips tea sound really good. Now this is really a "health tea".

I wish I could have a rose hip garden. Lucky you!

Great pictures, to boot.

Up, useful and shared. :)

Carol from Greenwood, B.C., Canada on January 22, 2013:

I always wanted to know how to make rose hip tea!! Thanks so much. Great pictures and clear instructions. Voted up and useful.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on November 12, 2012:

Thanks for your votes and share Crystal - appreciated and I'm so pleased you liked it all!

Break of Dawn. I love that teapot for teas which have flowers or lovely seedy teas and it's so nice of you to comment on it, thank so much. Hope you find your own glass teapot.

Break of Dawn on November 12, 2012:

I have heard of rose hip tea but never tried it. It sounds wonderful and healthy. Your pictures are just beautiful and your tea pot is lovely. I would love one myself. Thank you for a much enjoyable read.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 09, 2012:

This sounds divine. Great pictures and lots of information! Voted up and sharing.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 09, 2012:

LauraGSpeaks. It's a lovely tea. If you can't make it then I think it's called Karkade in herb shops, or even simply rose hip tea. Nice to hear from you, thanks.

LauraGSpeaks from Raleigh, NC on October 09, 2012:

Gorgeous photos and such an intersting hub. I had never heard of Wild Rose Hips Tea but it sounds like a soothing cup of tea with vitamin C benefits. I had no idea itching powder came from rose plants. GoodLady, I continue to learn from your hubs!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 07, 2012:

Thank you for sharing! Appreciate your comments.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 07, 2012:

I use to collect rose hips and eat them when I was a little girl. I've heard of the tea but never tried it. With all that Vitamin C and health benefits, now I want to go out and find some! What beautiful photos. You have such nice plants around your home. Thank you for sharing!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 05, 2012:

RTalloni. When roses tend to fade, it's beautiful to have bushes of rose hips; I hope you'll plant a few. Thanks for your comment here.


Judi Bee. Grateful for you pin, thanks.

Janis. If you have them growing round you yes, try it out. I think you can use the hips from any rose. The Indian tribes used to brew them for their health.

peachespurple. Thanks so much for you kind comments. And for your votes. Appreciate it.


peachy from Home Sweet Home on October 05, 2012:

Wow! Your photos are so beautifully taken. BTW, I love your garden. Wish that I could find these tea here. Voted up and beautiful.

Christine Miranda from My office. on October 05, 2012:

I am weeping as I write this, beautiful pictures, well written, great formatting. A joy to read and visually appealing! Thank you for taking the time to write such a great hub. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful & interesting. Well done.

Janis Goad on October 05, 2012:

I never knew it was important to discard the seeds. There are so many rose hips around here, I must try this. I think you can use hips from any rose, can't you?

Judi Brown from UK on October 05, 2012:

I did somehow know that rose hips were a great source of vitamin C, but I've never tried it or had any idea of how to make it. Going to pin this for reference. Oh, and no idea about rose hips and itching powder either!

RTalloni on October 05, 2012:

Thanks for putting this info together for us. You've inspired me to look into growing dog rose for the rose hips.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 05, 2012:

The Dirt Farmer. Thank you.

Patsybell. Appreciate your votes and I hope you find some rose hips to make a cup of tea one day.

Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, Southeast Missouri, USA on October 05, 2012:

Oh my, this sounds like quite a project to make a cup of tea. But you have inspired me. Thanks. voted up and useful.

Jill Spencer from United States on October 05, 2012:

Great information & wonderful photos. Beautifully done!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 05, 2012:

Glad you like the pictures. I looked up smilax since I'm not familiar with it and it looks pretty useful though not quite as nice tasting. Thanks for dropping in and commenting.

Natasha from Hawaii on October 05, 2012:

Your pictures are so beautiful! Rose hip tea is delicious and healthy - I wish I had access to such a spectacular rose hip bush. I guess it's a trade off - I can find more smilax than I could ever eat!

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