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rose hip

 

Botanical name: Rosa ssp.


Hagebutte

 

Rosehips are the fruits of wild-growing species of roses, of which there are over 200 varieties. They can be found in the temperate or subtropical zones of the northern hemisphere. Some species are used as wild fruit. In some, primarily eastern, European countries wild roses are cultivated as fruit plants.

 

Availability

The rosehip harvest begins in late summer and continues into November. Rosehips are not available through the fruit trade. They can be found sporadically at weekly markets or obtained from direct marketers. They are picked mainly by people for their own use.

 

Appearance, taste, characteristics

The bright red fruits of the rosebush may be oblong, oval or round. Like the shape, the shade of red varies with the species. Inside the fruit are numerous small, light-coloured hairy seeds. Rosehips taste tart to sweet-sour, but they are not suitable for eating raw!

 

Ingredients

Rosehips are very rich in vitamin C. In addition, they contain many carotenoids, which belong to the secondary plant substances.

 

100 g contain:

 

 

Rosehip, fresh

Rosehip, cooked

Rosehip, jam

Energy (kcal)

108

108

2965

Water (g)

65

65

24

Protein (g)

4

4

1

Fat (g)

1

1

<1

Carbohydrates (g)

19

19

705

Fibre (g)

6

6

2

Vitamin C (mg)

1250

6882

462

Vitamin A (RE) (µg)

400

380

742

Folic acid (µg)

10

6

-

Potassium (mg)

350

350

130

Sodium (mg)

85

85

31

Calcium (mg)

150

150

56

Magnesium (mg)

65

65

24

Iron (mg)

0.4

0.4

0.3

Note: As this is a natural product, and as the information is taken from various sources and therefore from different analyses, there may be fluctuations in the nutritional facts. The minerals in particular may fluctuate, since the plant takes these from the soil, the composition of which itself can vary. Its mineral content is influenced, for instance, by fertilization. The footnotes are explained here .

 

Impurities

The same holds for rosehips as for all wild fruits: Do not collect them in the vicinity of roads with heavy traffic, as they are exposed there especially to dirt and exhaust fumes.

 

Quality criteria, optimal storage conditions

Pick only firm fruits; soft rosehips are overripe!

 

Fresh rosehips can be kept for about a week if stored cool and dry. Dried rosehips can be kept longer. The pulp can be frozen with no problem.

 

Form of consumption, use, processing, practical tips for preparation

Rosehips should not be eaten raw!

 

The bulk of rosehips are used industrially to make teas. If you wish to use them at home you must cut them open and take out the seeds. In order to remove the fluff on the inside of the fruits, they should be washed thoroughly. After that, jam, purée or jelly can be made. Rosehips can also be used to make alcoholic drinks such as wine or liqueur. They are good as well served with game dishes.

 

 

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