Tea – Rose Hip
Rose hips are the young fruit of the rose bush. and are popular as a tea or a tea blend. Just add a teaspoon or two to hot water and steep or blend with a variety of botanical or black teas. Rose hips have a variety of other uses – in potpourri mixes, as a sweet-tart jam, and in powdered form for various topical preparations, as well as natural body powders and other cosmetics. Rose hips contain vitamin C and are thought to ease numerous health problems such as stomach problems, gallstones, urinary infections and sciatica.
A Bit of History
Roses have inhabited the earth for 35 million years. They were first cultivated by the Chinese 5,000 years ago and have held a place in the human heart ever since. They’ve been used as symbols of love, beauty, and war, and as additions to perfumes, soaps, and potpourris. The culinary use of roses – as rose syrup, rose water, candied rose petals, rose comfits, and rose tea – spread throughout the world from the ancient Greeks and Arabs to 18th century American Colonists. The “hip” is the fruit of the young rose.