Product: Rosehip Shells
Latin Name: Rosa canina
Plant Family: Rosacea
Other Names: Dog Rose, Brier Rose, Brier Bush, Dog Berry, Hep Tree, Hip Fruit, Hop Fruit, Hogseed, Sweet Brier, Wild Brier, Witches Brier, Rosier Sauvage, Rosier des Haies, Rose de Chien & Swine Rose.
Description: The dog rose is a climbing deciduous shrub native to the Middle East, which can also be found growing in many temperate regions of the world. It reaches a height of 2-3 metres; the stems are covered in hooked thorns, which the plant uses to climb. The leaves are oddly pinnate, dark to glaucous green in colour and comprised of 5-7 ovate leaflets with serrated edges, each leaflet being 10-40mm in length. The 5-petaled flowers are pale pink to white in colour and 4-6cm in diameter. The flowers are replaced in the autumn with oval shaped, red-orange fruits referred to as hips which are 1-2cm in length.
Brief History: Roses were sacred to the Goddess of love known as Venus to the Romans and Aphrodite to the Greeks, in mythology roses were also symbos of protection and rebirth. Culpeper talks of a conserve made with the ripe hips and says that ‘The hips are grateful to the taste, and a considerable restorative, fitly given to consumptive persons’. Gerard tells us that the children of his day used the hips to make decorative ‘gewgawes’ which they wore like necklaces.
SUGGESTED USERosehip shells can be used to make tea wine, jellies, cordials and syrup, they can also be added to pot pourri as a means of retaining the perfume of the blend.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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