How Do You Eat Rose Hips?

Nyponsoppa, or rose hip soup, is a classic Swedish dessert. "You can find dried rose hips in tea form from almost any health food store including Whole Foods in their vitamin/supplement area where they keep medicinal type teas," says YK2Productions. "For nyponsoppa you just boil water, add tea bags, and let brew to your desired strength, add sugar, potato flour till it thickens and you have a general form of nyponsoppa. :) Be careful not to buy the rose hip tea with hibiscus added as it will make your mix much redder and far more sour."

Rose hips also make a delicate, tart jam. Hips are part of every rose bush, so, MakingSense says, rose hips "are as common as rose bushes—in the U.S. and everywhere that roses are grown." Have access to a blooming rosebush? Then you have access to fresh rose hips!

However, not all rose hips are created equal. "Random rose hips are not 'proper' rose hips," says MikeG. "I grew up around beach roses, and did actually collect hips once in a while, and they're pretty aromatic. From what I remember as a kid, hybrid garden rose hips were worthless as food. I don't know for sure, but for a start, I'd skip hips from non-fragrant roses except as part of a bigger taste/aroma survey."

chazzerking agrees that "the best source of the best hips is beach roses. If you're near the coast in the Northeast, you can just drive and pick. There are many places that they grow wild and usually are covered with ripe (orange or red) hips, with which you can make wonderful jelly or tea."

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