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Rose Hips - the fruit of the rose.
These hips are from a very hardy wild rose plant - notice the rich, thick green leaves. The leaves on the hybrid and cultivated roses are much thinner and the vein patterns are not as vivid.
These hips are green which means they are unripe. When they are fully mature, they will turn a bright or deep red, and they will then be ready to harvest.
They are used mostly in herbal teas, and are valued for their high vitamin C content.
The lady that first told me about rose hips mentioned that she liked to make jelly with them.
For many years I have made apple jelly, and various jams, and I know it takes a lot of fruit and sugar to make them.
I can only imagine the amount of hips it must take to make Rose Hip Jelly. I have never tasted it either, and I wonder if it has the flavor of the roses it comes from.
I would love to know anyone's experience with this jelly - how is it made, and most of all, how does it taste?