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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Rosehip Syrup

Thank you to everyone who attended my herb walk this morning.

Below, as requested, for those of you who don't have access to my Facebook page, is the recipe I use to make rosehip syrup.

Rosehip Syrup
Rosehips (the fruit of the wild rose, Rosa spp) are rich in many vitamins and minerals. Indeed, as fruit became scarce during the war years, rosehips were collected as a vital addition to the diet, having more vitamin C than oranges! Rosehip syrup was given to mothers for their children, and a Ministry of Food leaflet encouraged people to make their own syrup from the hedgerows.

Below is a traditional recipe for a rosehip syrup. Although heating the hips leads to some loss of vitamin C, this method serves the purpose of prolonging storage.

• Add 500g chopped rosehips to 1.5 litres water.
• Boil for 20 min's.
• Strain through double layer of muslin.
• Discard pulp, return the fluid to the pan.
• Simmer until volume reduced by half (approx will do!).
• Measure volume and add half as much sugar (eg. 500ml, add 250g sugar).
• Warm gently until sugar dissolved (stirring), then boil for 5 min's.
• Pour whilst warm into sterilised, warmed, glass bottles.
• Label and store in a cool place. Refrigerate once opened.

NB. Collect rosehips from areas where they will not have been sprayed and away from roadsides.


  1. Hi Lyn is it ok to eat them raw? I put them in a blender with water whizz and then strain the juice leaving all seeds and pulp out, I put it in small jar just so we use it over a week or two about tbs at the time. Is this any good way to boost immune? Many Thanks x

  2. Hi! I know many people who each rosehips raw. The important thing is said to be to remove the hairs from inside the hips (although I know people who eat those too!). I think what you're doing is fine, although I wouldn't keep a water-based preparation for more than 24-48 hours, even in the fridge. It either needs to be made more frequently when in season, or preserved in some way for out of season - e.g. dried, as a tincture, syrup, etc. I hope that helps!