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Rose Hips

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:34 pm
by narmour
Hi

I am relatively (completely) new to foraging. I have spotted some small shrub like bushes which previously had pink flowers and are now laden with round red fruits which I suspect to be rose hips. I am eyeing them up to make wine with but from what I have read up on the internet it seems it is far too early for rosehips to be out. I will try and get a photo of them for clarification but in the meantime can anyone tell me if I'm barking up the wrong tree?

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:28 pm
by Somnophore
Short of a photo it's hard to say 100%. Rose hips are usually more oval but some roses do have rounder or more saucer shapes hips.

Easiest way is cut in half with a knife, if it's full of furry/fluffy irritating seeds then it's a rise hip. If using them for wine, jelly etc make sure you remove all seeds and fluff before using the flesh.

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:56 pm
by Zech
I have rose hips in my garden, just starting to colour. Different varieties ripen at different times of year. For the past couple of years I've left them until after the first frost, by which time lots of small creatures had already helped themselves, so this year I'll be harvesting much earlier.

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:08 pm
by diggernotdreamer
Has anyone noticed if there are any sloes in their area, we have none at all this year, have looked everywhere, must have been the strange weather earlier on in the year, all my little apples fell off as well :(

Lyn

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:31 pm
by Somnophore
Not noticed any sloes but haven't been looking just yet. you do get good and bad years with sloes, if you try different locations you will find some.

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:45 pm
by GeorgeSalt
I saw sloes developing earlier in the year, but not visited my favourite patches yet. I could use some this year, stocks of sloe gin are getting low - I've nothing of my dark version at all :shock:

I plan on checking up on my favourite elderberry/blackberry/rosehip lane over teh weekend. It looks like it's a good year for brambles, the primary bunch of each elder branch I've seen is well on with ripening. It's early for rosehips, but possible that's what they are.

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:03 am
by matowakan
I would say also that hips are normally more oval shaped than what you describe. Could they be haws? which are round and red.
Again I would also suggest like an above answer,to see if the irritating bits are there.
Good luck.

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:31 am
by that_sarah_girl
I have the same question, we have LOADS of these near me:

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These are what the flowers are like:

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both a lot bigger and rounder than what I have read about rosehips, but similar and they have little seeds inside which look the same as the smaller, elongated rosehips i've seen.

Can I use these ones for wine/syrup, etc?

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:12 am
by MKG
Those are definitely rosehips - dog rose, I suspect. And yes, you can use them as for any rosehip.

Mike

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:29 am
by narmour
Thats what my ones look like!!! Thanks everyone. Will get out tonight with a bucket.

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:35 pm
by narmour
According to the river cottage hedgerow book, the hips in the photos are Japanese rose. These aren't as good for making syrup, wine etc. the best use of these is to use the flowers for things which have a rose flavour eg Turkish delight as the rose flavour is much more pronounced in the flowers of japanese roses than local dog rose hips.

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:45 pm
by daz101
Those are definitely rosa rugosa :)

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:07 am
by JeremyinCzechRep
Make sure you take some gloves with your bucket when you go picking. I always wear gloves but regularly get a thorn in a finger or thumb.

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:24 am
by welshmum
Those are the rose hips that I forage. I have made wine, jam and syrup from them and I can say that alll 3 recipes were beautiful. The kids loved the syrup especually and we just raved over the wine. I did mix a little of teh traditional hips in but you will find these rounder hips much easier to work with.

Re: Rose Hips

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:25 am
by Davie Crockett
It is Rosa Rugosa and originally it came from Asia and Japan. The English translation of it's Japanese common name is shore eggplant (It's very salt tolerant and grows largely on the coast in it's native habitat).

Info from the Wiki site, interesting to note that in the US, it is considered a noxious weed!