How to Dry & Store Rose Hips for Rose Hip Tea

Rose Hip Tea (Rosa canina) is so refreshing and packed with vitamins and minerals. A great hot Winter time drink. Delicately sweet, this is one of my favourites, and I consume it daily throughout the Dark Months.

For rose hip tea, simply put 1-2 teaspoons of dried rose hips in a tea pot, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then strain into a cup. Drink at will.

Step 1

Pick as many rose hips as you think you need to last you until next year. I also wash them first.

Step 2

After washing your rose hips, dry them in the sun on newspaper. Then top and tail them by removing the stalk and the little pointy bit where the flower was. This isn’t important, but I do it.

Step 3

Normally I dry them whole, but this year I decided to test splitting 50% of the batch in half before drying. This made absolutely no difference, other than pleasure-ably wasting time :-)

Step 4

For convenience and because the weather has not exactly been that sunny this year (2008), I used a food dehydrator.

Dehydration took about 5-6 hours for this particular batch. But this is “wild stuff”, so times may vary depending on the quality of the hips, how many you’re drying etc.

Step 5

When the rose hips have dried, this is what they look like.

Step 6

Next put them in a food processor. This year I borrowed my neighbours small one and it worked very well.

Step 7

Grind away until the contents look like below… you don’t want to grind the rose hips too small other wise in the next step they will simply fall through the sieve along with all the hairs… which kind of defeats the object of sieving (Step 8)!

Step 8

Tip the contents into a metal sieve, and just shake to remove all those pesky hairs that can be irritating to some people. I find it fascinating that they all easily fall through leaving you with some scrummy dried rose hips.

Step 9

Tip the dried rose hips into a jar or air tight container, and consume at will.

There is no need to go to the trouble of removing the seeds (unless you have more time on your hands than you know what to do with).


  1. Audrey says

    Hello, I found some what I think is rosehips yet they have been in the dehydrator at 46 degrees for about 36 hrs now and are looking black not the bright red you have and are still wet inside. I didnt sun dry rgem before the dehydrator or chop off the tops and tails and am wondering if this made them go black? Or perhaps they aren’t even rosehips? Any suggestions? Many thanks for you instructions.

  2. Christine says

    Brilliant – thank you so much for putting this detailed step by step (with photos) instructions on how to do this. Will be trying out this method today! x

  3. Joe Walshe says

    Picked a bucket of rosehips last week but havn’t had a chance to do anything with them. I am hoping it’s not too late to dry them in oven, food process hairs out and store in a jar for making tea.

  4. Robert Plumb says

    Thank you Robin, I’m new to all this. I live in Portland, Or. And I’m becoming a diligent forager. Roses are everywhere, some hips look good, others are a bit large and seem to go from green to brown. I’ve spotted some small ones turning red. I’ll wait and watch for their ripening and then process as you have outlined. Now, if I can find an herb to help me sleep, my life will be rose-hippy !
    Cheers, Rob.

  5. Kalyn says

    Hi there! I’ve been told that the seeds are not good to consume. Is that only when the rose hips are not dried?Or when you don’t sieve the little hairs off? Just want to make sure, thanks!

  6. Sonny Khan says

    Thanks for this. About 8 years ago I tried to make rosehip tea by chopping the hips in half and removing the seeds (and hairs) by hand, and then drying the hips. It took me hours just to get a small amount so that I never bothered trying again. Also the tea wasn’t great so I think leaving the seeds in the tea is important. Your method is very excellent and I am very thankful that you shared this as it is top notch foraging wisdom. Nice one.

    I also have a question: I have often wondered how to make rosehip jam and am now thinking that maybe drying the hips and sieving out the hairs and then using the dried rosehips to make the jam is probably the way. Obviously the key is to remove the hairs and your method of drying and sieving is brilliant. However this will still leave the seeds which you don’t really want in a jam. Have you any advice? Perhaps a sieving through a colander will sieve out the seeds and leave the red husk for making jam with? (I once bought a jar of homemade rosehip jam from a village in Alsace and thought it was excellent, but have never figured out how to do it without it taking far too long for practical country living purposes)

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