Wild roses are native to many parts of North America. If you are going for a fall walk, you may have noticed the small, apple shaped fruit which adorns the plant at this time of year. This fruit is known as a rose hip and is just one of the parts of the rose plant which is full of nutritional value.
Harvested in the late fall, after the first frost, rose hips have many nutrients that will help your body get through the cold, dark months of winter in a safe and healthy way. First Nations’ communities across North America used rose hips to stay healthy during the winter months.
1 serving of rose hips (100g) contains more then 400mg of Vitamin C (or 450% of our daily value), which is 5 times the amount found in a similar portion of Oranges. Vitamin C is excellent for our immune system, especially in the cooler months when our body is more prone to seasonal infections.
The same 100g portion of rose hips contains 87% of your daily intake of Vitamin A. This vitamin has many benefits, especially in protecting our cardiovascular and immune systems by working with Vitamin C as an antioxidant. Another benefit to Vitamin A is it’s support for our eyesight and night vision. This will be extra beneficial during the long Winter nights.
Another immune supporting nutrient, a serving of rose hips contain about 2.5% of your daily Zinc intake. While this isn’t a large amount for a food source, it is very high for most Vitamin C containing fruit and more then 4 times the amount of zinc found in an orange. Zinc and Vitamin C together have been shown to have even more powerful immune supporting benefits then when taken separately.
Rose hips are also a source of Calcium, Magnesium, and Iron, which benefit our cardiovascular system as well as our bone health.
Rose hip Tea
3/4 cup dried rose hips (1 cup fresh, 2 tbsp powdered)
3 cups of water
1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
honey (to taste)
1 tbsp ginger juice (optional)
The immune supporting nutrients in the rose hips are boosted with the addition of lemon juice, honey, and ginger. Making it an excellent tea to enjoy in the cooler months to stay healthy!