Sorry to bother you guys again about the approach of autumn. I’m just so excited for the arrival of my favourite season!
But, to defend my case, nature is well on it’s way to autumn as well! Maybe you have already seen rose hips ripening in parks and along the road? Those gorgeous, shining “berries” are an announcer of the colder seasons.
The actual roses have already gone or are starting to wither, giving way to the growth of rose hips. These “fruits” consist mainly of the swollen flower base, which encapsulates a big amount of white seeds. It’s actually built the same way as an apple, only with bigger seeds and a different colouring. And well, different taste and all that… But you get the idea.
To celebrate the arrival of these gems of nature, here are some delicious warming recipes for you!
Note: Although unripe rose hips are beautiful, and therefore in my pictures, make sure you only use the very ripe ones for these recipes! They have to have a deep red colouring before you can collect them.
Warming Rose Hip Healing Drink
This warming drink will give you just the shot of vitamins you need during the dark cold months!
3 tbsp rose hips
2,5 l cold water
2 – 3 cloves
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
Juice of 2 or 3 oranges
Juice of 1 lemon
Honey to taste
Bring the water with rose hips and spices to a boil. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about half an hour.
Remove from heat, add juice from oranges and lemon.
Pour through a sieve and add honey to taste.
Note: this will make quite a big batch. Lovely for warming a group of people! But of course you can reduce the amounts given, in that case, I would advise you to add in the star anise and cinnamon stick a bit later on, or they tend to become overpowering.
Rose Hip Tea
Start collecting and drying rose hips early in the season, so you can make this lovely tea when days are getting really cold! (Or you can cheat a bit and go for store-bought dried rose hips)
10 – 15 dried rose hips or 15 g dried rose hip seeds
A slice of lemon peel
1 or 2 dried hibiscus flowers (optional)
Soak the rose hips overnight in ¼ l of water. Add the lemon peel and antoher ¾ l water. Slowly bring to a boil. Leave to simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. If desired, add hibiscus flowers in the last ten minutes.
Pour through a fine sieve and sweeten with unrefined sugar or honey.
You can also drink this tea cold, in that case it’s nice to add some extra lemon juice.
Enjoy your drinks!