Rose Hips are high in Vitamin C and are used in all kinds of recipes in Europe, including a classic cold Scandinavian soup. In previous years, I have dried the hips and used them for tea. In fact, I wrote a post last year on how to dehydrate rose hips and make Vitamin C drinks.
This year I wanted to try making rose hip syrup and jelly. These are great options if you want the health benefits of the hips but don't want the labor of removing all the seeds and hairs! Both recipes call for simply boiling the hips in water, either whole or chopped, and straining the liquid through a jelly bag.
The jelly recipe I used came from Simply Recipes and made five and a half pints of jelly, which I canned using the water bath method. The recipe calls for a lot of lemon juice which adds a tang to the beautiful jewel toned jelly.
|Rose Hip Jelly and Syrup|
|Rose Hip Tea|
The syrup is good, taken a spoonful at a time as a preventative for colds, but I have been adding it to my rose hip tea for an extra boost of vitamin C! It can also be used on pancakes or as a topping for ice cream.
|A spoonful of Rose Hip Syrup is a great in Rose Hip Tea.|
Roda decided to make Rose Hip Chutney with her haul. As great minds think alike, she also went to Simply Recipes and adapted their jam recipe to make a more chunky chutney. She has kindly agreed to share it with us.
|Photo by Sophia Motta|
Roda's Rose Hip Chutney
3 quarts seeded rose hips (lightly roasted in the oven to soften) 8 cups water 6 cups sugar 2 oranges 2 green apples zest and juice of 2 lemons 2 packages pectin
Makes nine 8 oz jars
Roughly chop the prepared hips
- Cut the oranges into small chunks
- Chop up the apples
- Put the hips, apples and oranges into a large pot and add the lemon juice, zest and water.
- Bring mixture to a hard boil, partially covered, for 30 minutes or so. Remove from heat.
- Sanitize jars for canning.
- Add the sugar to the rose hip mixture. Heat to high, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar has all dissolved. Reduce the heat and cook until the chutney has reached the thickness you want, up to thirty minutes more.
- Add the two packets of pectin. Bring to a rapid boil for one minute.
- Ladle into hot sterilized jars and can in a water bath.