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Rose
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Rosa canina

rose (hips)

plant overview
a haw by another name

Rose hips, technically known as haws, are the immature fruits of the common rose bush. Like rose petals, rose hips are a popular ingredient in tea blends and in potpourri mixes. Whole rose hips can also be made into a tart but sweet jam, either alone or in combination with elderberry or other botanicals. Powdered rosehips are used to make various topical preparations, as well as natural body powders and other cosmetics. See also rose (buds).

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Rose hips
01.
Rose: A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on rose (Rosa canina)

description
Rosa canina is a climbing wild rose species of the Rosaceae family.

This deciduous shrub normally ranges in height from 1–5 m, though on occasion it can climb higher into the crowns of taller trees. Assisting in the plant's ability to climb are the small, sharp, hooked prickles that cover its stems.

Rosa canina leaves are pinnate, with 5-7 leaflets. The plant's five-petaled flowers usually bloom pale pink, but actually vary in color between a deep pink and white. The flowers are 4–6 cm diameter, and will mature into an oval 1.5–2 cm red-orange fruit, or "rose hip".

common names & nomenclature
This plant is commonly known as Dog Rose presumably in reference to the species name canina. However another theory suggests that the plant was once called the Dag Rose— with dag being a dagger. This name derived from the ubiquitous thorns adorning the plant. The theory then posits that much like the Dogwood which was originally Dagwood the name changed into 'Dog' by people who did not understand the allusion.

Also known as:
dog rose, bird briar, briar rose, buckieberries, canker, canker flower, canker rose, cankerberry, cat whin, choop tree, common brier, dog briar, dog brier, hep briar, hep rose, hep tree, wild rose


02.
Rose: Where in the World
habitat and range for rose

Rosa canina is a climbing wild rose species native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia.

03.
Rose: Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting rose

climate
Rosa canina prefers a sunny location. It is typically found in cultivated gardens, but can also be located on roadsides and along sandy coastlines.

soil
Grows well in most soils, including clay, as long as the soil is not water-logged.

growing
Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn. In late winter or early spring, apply a balanced fertilizer and mulch for best flowering.

harvesting
Rose hips are best when harvested one week or so after the first frost, if the growing area doesn't have frost then plan for a late fall harvest when the rose hips gain a deep-red hue and slightly soft to the touch when gently squeezed.

Before use rose hips require de-seededing—mostly to remove the tiny hairs that surround the seeds. Rose hips can be dried in the sun or by using a dehydrator; afterwards they can be cut into pieces or powdered for later use. Rose petals are harvested in spring and summer (before the hips form) and are also dried for later use.

preserving
Store dried rose hips and rose petals in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

04.
Rose: The Rest of the Story
rose history, folklore, literature & more

There's nothing wrong with making rose hips a part of your daily diet, but don't count on the bright red fruits—or the prepackaged teas containing them—to supply all the vitamin C you need.

Rose hips contain a significant amount of vitamin C. However, the drying process destroys from 45 to 90 percent of it, and infusions extract only about 40 percent of what's left. That still leaves a fair amount of vitamin C, but considerably less than most herbals promise.

Many companies that manufacture vitamin C claim their products are "made from rose hips." In fact, none are made exclusively from rose hips. In commercial "rose hip" vitamin C preparations, the hips are combined with ascorbic acid from other sources.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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