picking rosehips?

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picking rosehips?

Post: #243250 JeremyinCzechRep
Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:37 am

I've noticed that lots of people (100-150 people a day) are visiting my rosehip syrup page http://www.jeremytaylor.eu/rosehip_syrup.htm I read somewhere that rosehips should be picked after the first frost (which I don't think many people in Britain have experienced yet). Has anyone tried making rosehip syrup from pre-frost rosehips? Was there any appreciable difference?
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Re: picking rosehips?

Post: #243861 Veggiesauraus
Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:17 pm

I wonder if its like freezing sloe before making sloe gin - noticeable difference in flavour - better with ones that have been frozen first and then smashed a bit to let the flavour out - must be some chemical thing :)

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Re: picking rosehips?

Post: #243924 Davie Crockett
Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:14 pm

Interesting!. I tried a bit of googling to find out why. It seems that the bitterness is due to procyanidins which are natural antioxidants which the plant produces to deter herbivorous browsing until the fruit is fully ripened and more able to germinate once the stone is passed or falls to the ground. They are usually fully ripe by the time the first frosts appear, the freezing process partially breaks down the chemical bonds and gives the fruit a rounder, more palatable flavour. This would promote better and more efficient seed dispersal.

Scientists are just discovering the benefits of these compounds to prevent cellular disruption and promote cardiac function in humans. (I'm pretty sure my Granny knew this all along as she swore drinking sloe gin was good for you!) I'm sure MKG can add more to this discussion.

Edit: I did find this article which makes interesting autumn reading: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1056429/From-rose-hips-joints-blackberries-lung-cancer--wild-plants-harnessed-new-wonder-drugs.html
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Re: picking rosehips?

Post: #246453 welshmum
Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:33 pm

I have only ever made rose hip syrup pre frost so I cant comment on the difference in flavour. I will happily say that I dont experience any bitterness. We are almost at the end of teh rose hips here so I dont really have the opportuntiy to wait!

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Re: picking rosehips?

Post: #263022 sda
Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:30 am

Do they have to come from particular roses?

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Re: picking rosehips?

Post: #266090 daz101
Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:58 pm

The process we're talking about here is known as "bletting" see here

@sda wild dog roses are the best. The government had children picking 100's of tons of them nationwide during the war due to their massive vitamin C content. Adding fragrant petals of other roses works really well too but dont overdo it.

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