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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).

About the Author Robin Harford

Robin is a forager and self-taught ethnobotanist. He specialises in wild edible plants and has been running foraging courses throughout the UK since 2008. He travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures.

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10 comments
erica says

thanks so much for the good idea;-))

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Machelle says

Thanks so much, I needed this good idea!!

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Phunsok says

hi
how do you remove the seeds from the from the mix?

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Robin Harford says

I don’t, I use the dried mix for my teas.

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Mary Yvonne Davidson says

Do i leave the rosehips on the bush untill they turn Red? And does it matter wh at kind of rose you take them from?
Mary Davidson

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    Robin Harford says

    Mary – Pick the rosehips when red. Any rose can be used, but ‘edible’ doesn’t necessarily mean tasty. The best flavoured ones I have found are Rosa canina and Rosa rugosa

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mary Yvonne Davidson says

I also planted some fever few and was Wonderingwhat to do with them.
Do you just use the flower & how is it
Used? Thanks for the help. Mary Davidson@

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Robin Harford says

Mary – I don’t teach herbal medicine, so cannot advise. However I would be cautious with feverfew as it has a few contraindications. Please ask a herbalist.

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Nada says

Loved your rosehip to make blurb, as I had a lot of one bush, and aware ob benefits of rosehip, Thank you

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Guadalupe Vitela says

Thank you for the information on,” how to dry fresh rose hips”, I have several rose bushes that give rose hips every year.

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