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Rosehip Syrup Recipe

Autumn has just started and with it the first wave of flu and colds is upon us. We should prepare ourselves by taking lots of Vitamin C and to eat healthily.

rosehip-syrup3Did you know that rosehips have a very high Vitamin C content? And luck as luck may have it, they are in season right now, making it the perfect time to go foraging in your garden or the hedgerows.


rosehip-syrup1For those of you that don’t know; Rosehips are the fruits of the rose plant. They are usually orange to deep red in colour, ripening during late summer and autumn. Rosehips from the Dog Rose have been used for centuries because of its high vitamin C content and they are easily found in many hedgerows.

Rosehips are used for making tea, jelly, soups, alcoholic drinks and marmalade but today we are making a syrup. Not only is it refreshing in a glass of cold water, it can also give you that extra boost during those cold winter months just by putting a little syrup in a cup of hot water.

We have used a combination of homegrown Rosa Rugosa rosehips and dog rosehips from the hedgerow just outside the village.

This is what you need

(Makes about 1.5 litres)

  • 500g rosehips
  • 650g granulated sugar

This is how you do it

Remove the stalks of the rosehips and rinse in cold water. Put 800 ml water in a pan and bring to a boil. Chop the rosehips in a food processor. Add them to the pan with boiling water, cover and bring back to a boil. Take the pan of the heat and leave it for 15 minutes or so.

Pour through a muslin and leave to drip for an hour or so.

rosehip-syrup2Set aside the strained juice. Bring another 800 ml water to boil, add the rosehip pulp and repeat the boiling process. Pour through a muslin but this time leave to drain overnight.

Combine both juices the next day (you can discard the rosehip pulp). Measure the juice (there should be about a litre) and pour in a sauce pan. Add the sugar and heat, stirring until dissolved. Boil for 2-3 minutes, then immediately pour into warm sterilised bottles.

Use within 4 months.

As I am writing this I am sipping from a cup of warm rosehip syrup, happily sneezing my head off in the knowledge that the extra vitamin C will help get me get rid of this horrible cold 🙂

4 thoughts on “Rosehip Syrup Recipe

  1. My mother used to give me diluted rosehip syrup when I was a baby and I still adore its unique and delicious flavour!
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    1. We have a rosehip syrup in Holland called Roosvicee which translates as rose with vitamin C. Using rosehips really seem to be something of the past so I am hoping that with posts like this we will make sure that rosehips are hip again!
      Laila Noort recently posted…A Cheerful Autumn – Wordless WednesdayMy Profile

  2. My grandmother used to make a home made syrup from rose-hip and store it in bottles and my mom feed it to us right after summers and all winters long. Nice to hear again that it is useful and a source of Vitamin C.
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    1. Thanks for the comment. I can imagine that the home made syrup made by your Grandmother most have been lovely! We still have a little syrup in the fridge, I will definitely make more next year 🙂
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