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Friday, September 13, 2013

Rose Hips, One of the Best Sources for Vitamin C





Percent of Daily Value in 1 Cup of Rose Hips:

Protein 2 g 4%

Vitamin A 110%

Vitamin C 901%

Calcium 21%

Iron 7%

Vitamin B-6 5%

Magnesium 22%

ROSEHIPS (From Mail Online )

Rose hips
Orangey-red, oval berries, sometimes as much as an inch long. They're the fruit of the dog rose and found in hedgerows from August until November. Seeds should not be eaten because they can irritate the mouth and stomach.

Contain: One of the richest sources of vitamin C, but also A, D and E, iron, calcium, antioxidants and fatty acids. Rosehip syrup was given to children during World War II for its vitamin C content. One cup of 30 berries contains as much as 40 oranges.

What's new: Powdered rosehip is three times better at reducing the pain of osteoarthritis than paracetamol, according to research at the University of Copenhagen, though just why is unclear. There were also none of the sideeffects associated with conventional painkillers such as constipation, diarrhoea or drowsiness.

'There is now good evidence for rosehips for osteoarthritis from a series of studies,' says Professor Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at the Peninsula School of Medicine in Exeter and Plymouth.

At home: Make rosehip tea for a cold. Boil one tablespoon of fresh, ripe rosehips in two cups of water for ten to 15 minutes, and then strain, getting rid of any seeds. Traditionally sweetened with cinnamon. Rosehip can also be used to make jellies and syrup.

Tip: Remove hairs from rosehips before use because they can cause irritation - they were used in joke itching powders.






We have found that finding vitamin C safely in food for Abby can be a challenge leading a low histamine diet and with all the other restrictions. Considering she cannot have any vitamins or supplements safely, and we have learned that really, the healthiest and safest way to get your vitamins is through quality food, we had very limited choices.


I finally ordered some dried rose hips to see what we could do with them. I am of the opinion that just about anything can be made to taste delicious, I mean we have figured out how to not only make chickpea tofu, but how to use it and we love the stuff!


To our surprise, rose hips are DELICIOUS!!! Tart and tangy. If you like lemons, rhubarb, tamarind, cranberries- you are going to love rose hips.


I had planned to make jelly, or fruit leather I was expecting to have to blend these with a number of other ingredients to make them appealing, but after steeping them and adding a bit of sugar? Amazing juice. Like a cranberry/raspberry juice.. a touch of blueberry flavor.. a touch of rhubarb.. Just outstanding.


Of course I have looked trying to find out if rose hips are a "high" histamine or "low" histamine and really not finding anything to give me an idea either way.

We do know that vitamin C reduces histamine. There have been studies that indicate rose hips have a terrific anti- inflammatory benefit. Abby is actually NOT allergic or reactive to roses, so when weighing the risks? This sounds like a winner.

She has tried a bit and no obvious reaction, but we haven't tried a good size dose yet. It isn't going to be hard to convince her though!


1/2 gallon of water
1 lb of dried rose hips(I used Frontier brand.)
sugar to taste.

Steep the rose hips for an hour or two till they are soft and start falling apart when you stir.

Strain them( I lined a plastic strainer with a piece of muslin and let them drip for a couple hours.)

This is a very concentrated juice. You could dilute for drinking. Thought adding unflavored gelatin to this would make an amazing homemade jello packed with goodness. Part of this batch became a "syrup" I added more sugar and cooked it down till it started to thicken, it will be delicious on pancakes,on homemade coconut milk ice cream and in tea.

I have seen the syrup combined with elderberries,raw local honey and with nettles etc to drink during cold and flu season.


4 comments:

Laura said...

ooooo, that sounds good! Where did you order from?

Diane said...

Amazon :-) or you can go directly to Frontier to order.

LMG said...

Do you know how long this will last in the fridge?

Diane said...

This has the same fridge life as any juice, not very long. BUT, you can freeze it (in ice cube trays works great) and thaw to use.

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