If you need to notice anything about me is I love to forage and make my own foodstuffs. Last year, pre blog, I made Elderberry Cordial and Apple and Pear preserve this year I am kicking off with Rosehip Syrup. Most people know rosehips as the children’s ready source of itching powder, there were large bushes outside my high school class room and the boys regularly bombed the girls in the hope that over ripe pods would burst and hand out a seven year itch. However this isn’t their only use.
Rosehips are jam packed with vitamin C and are used a medicinally for the soothing of colds and sore throats as well as being used to make tasty jams , jelly and tea. Unfortunately the drying process breaks down most of the beneficial vitamin C but by making jams and syrup the goodness can be preserved. Small children can be given a teaspoon of syrup,as well as yea, as a deterrent against winter sniffles.
They are also diuretic so have also been used to treat bladder and kidney conditions as well as gout and arthritic conditions. Rosehip Seed Oil is also used in cosmetics both commercially and in home crafted protects as it it recognised as hydrating dry itchy skin as well as soothing scars, fine wrinkles and sensitive skin.
Magically Rosehips are a little confused. On one hand their bell like shape, medicinal uses and multitude of seeds mean they are sometimes associated with Jupiter. Under this association they can be used to promote health and wealth as well as a source of magical protection. The red fruit placed under your pillow and around your bed are a form of protection from nightmares and pesky spirits.
On the other hand, as the fruit of the dog rose, they are also associated with Venus and are useful in the magical pursuit of love and peace. They can be strung into a necklace and charged with intent to help draw that special somebody to you or placed around the home to promote a happy harmonious household.
Although drying reduces the medicinal qualities it increases the magical uses. The dried hips can be added whole, chopped or crushed to magical sachets, incense and baths to promote peace and self confidence. You can take in the magic by making honey sweet tea with fresh or dried hips. Add 2 teaspoons of hips to water and bring to the boil for 10 minutes, sitting from time to time clockwise to dial up the magical powers. Allow it to cool to drinking temperature and sweeten with honey, again stirring clockwise with intent.
This week I took the kids foraging in my local area. Conversations would stop mid sentence, looks varied from confused to concerned and I am sure we’ve been pegged as the weird family, however the kids loved every second. I came back with 3lbs of hips, 2lbs for syrup making and 1lb to dry and use magically around the house and maybe some tea. I’ve also gone for it and bought a small dehydrator to make it easier to dry the remaining rosehips as well as make my own dried goodies in the future.
Some of the syrup I’m going to keep back for cooking and flavouring whilst I will use the rest to make cough syrup using Uncommon Skills method of infusing the finished syrup with candid ginger to give it a little extra omph.
What follows is a fairly straightforward method for making syrup. When done it should make about 1.5 pts of syrup which can be added to yogurt, rice pudding and ice cream as well as on pancakes.
Simple Rosehip Syrup Recipe
4.5 pts of water
2 lbs of rosehips
1lb of white granulated sugar
Top and tail the rosehips and give them a good wash to get rid of the extra protein. Bring 3 pts of water to the boil as you mince the rosehips in a food processor.
Transfer the fruit into fast boiling water and bring to the boil again. Remove from heat and leave for 15 minutes.
Pour through a muslin square and allow the majority of the liquid to drip through. Return the pulp to the pan and add 1.5 pts of fresh boiling water and bring to the boil.
Remove from heat and leave for 15 minutes and strain through the muslim square again.
Pour extracted liquid into a clean saucepan and boil to reduce the liquid to 1.5 pts.
Add the sugar and boil rapidly fro another 5 minutes. Pour into hot sterile bottles and seal immediately.
Store in a cool place until needed.