Cooking with Rose Hips: 5 Delicious and Nutritious Recipes to Try

cooking with rose hips

Rose hips are the fruit of the rose plant and they are often used in jams, jellies, syrups, and teas. They are also great for cooking and can be used in a variety of dishes. They are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, making them a healthy addition to any meal. Here are some delicious and nutritious recipes to try when cooking with rose hips.

Cooking with Rose Hips

Rose Hip Soup: This simple soup is easy to make and is a great way to use up any leftover hips you may have. Simply sauté some onions and garlic in a pot, add in some chopped rose hips and some broth or water, and let it simmer for 15–20 minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some crusty bread.

Rose Hip Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of fresh rose hips
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or oil
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the rose hips under cold water and remove any stems and leaves. Cut them in half and remove the seeds.
  2. In a large pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add the rose hips and cinnamon stick, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 20–25 minutes or until the rose hips are soft.
  3. While the rose hips are cooking, saute the chopped onion and minced garlic in butter or oil over medium heat until they are translucent and fragrant.
  4. Once the rose hips are soft, remove the cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender or regular blender to puree the rose hips and their cooking liquid until smooth.
  5. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the sauteed onions and garlic. Add the sugar and salt to taste.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water until smooth. Pour the mixture into the soup and stir well.
  7. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for an additional 10–15 minutes or until the soup has thickened.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy your delicious rose hip soup with sauteed onions and garlic!

Rose Hip Jam: This jam is a great way to enjoy the taste of rose hips all year round. Simply simmer some chopped hips with sugar and lemon juice until thickened. Pour into jars and store in the fridge. This jam is great on toast or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream.

Rose Hip Jam Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg fresh rose hips
  • 1 kg granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the rose hips thoroughly and remove the stems and tails. Cut them in half with a sharp knife and remove the seeds and fuzzy hairs from the center using a spoon.
  2. Place the prepared rose hips in a large saucepan and add enough water to just cover them. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 15–20 minutes or until the rose hips are soft.
  3. Using a sieve or cheesecloth, strain the mixture to remove any remaining seeds and skins. This should yield about 1 liter of rose hip puree.
  4. Return the puree to the saucepan and add the sugar. Squeeze the lemon and add its juice to the pan as well.
  5. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a rolling boil.
  6. Boil the mixture for 10–15 minutes or until it thickens to a jam-like consistency. Be sure to stir the mixture frequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.
  7. Once the jam has reached the desired consistency, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  8. Pour the jam into sterilized jars and seal with lids. The jam can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

Enjoy your delicious rose hip jam on toast, scones, or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream!

Rose Hip Syrup: This syrup is perfect for drizzling over pancakes or waffles. Simply simmer some chopped rose hips with sugar and water until thickened. Strain out the solids and pour the syrup into a jar.

Rose Hip Syrup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg fresh rose hips
  • 1 liter of water
  • 750 grams of granulated sugar

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the rose hips thoroughly and remove the stems and tails. Cut them in half with a sharp knife and remove the seeds and fuzzy hairs from the center using a spoon.
  2. Place the prepared rose hips in a large saucepan and add the water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 20–25 minutes or until the rose hips are soft.
  3. Using a sieve or cheesecloth, strain the mixture to remove any remaining seeds and skins. Press the pulp with the back of a spoon or spatula to extract as much liquid as possible.
  4. Measure the amount of liquid obtained and return it to the saucepan. Add an equal amount of sugar to the pan, stirring until it dissolves completely.
  5. Return the mixture to the heat and bring it to a boil again. Stir constantly until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the mixture simmer for 15–20 minutes or until it thickens to a syrup consistency.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, pour the syrup into sterilized bottles or jars and seal with lids. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Rose hip syrup is a delicious addition to pancakes, waffles, yogurt, ice cream, cocktails, and other drinks. Enjoy!

Rose Hip Tea: This tea is a great way to enjoy the taste of hips and get a boost of vitamin C. Simply simmer some dried rose hips in water for 15–20 minutes, then strain and serve.

Rose Hip Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried rose hips
  • 4 cups water
  • Honey or sugar (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the dried rose hips in cold water and drain them well.
  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized pot.
  3. Add the rose hips to the boiling water.
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the rose hips steep for 15–20 minutes.
  5. After the steeping time, remove the pot from the heat and let the tea cool for a few minutes.
  6. Strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the rose hip seeds and any small hairs.
  7. Sweeten with honey or sugar if desired.
  8. Serve the tea hot or chilled.

Enjoy your delicious and healthy rose hip tea!

Rose Hip and Apple Pie: This pie is a delicious way to use up any leftover hips. Combine chopped hips with chopped apples, sugar, and spices and pour into a pie crust. Bake until golden brown.

Rose Hip and Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  • 2 cups chopped rose hips
  • 4 cups chopped apples (Granny Smith or another tart apple works well)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • Turbinado sugar (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chopped rose hips, chopped apples, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir well to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie crust, spreading it evenly.
  4. Dot the top of the pie with small pieces of unsalted butter.
  5. Cover the pie with the second pie crust, crimping the edges together to seal.
  6. Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg to create an egg wash. If desired, sprinkle a little bit of turbinado sugar over the egg wash for a nice crunch.
  7. Cut several slits in the top of the pie to allow steam to escape.
  8. Bake the pie for 50–60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  9. Let the pie cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your delicious rose hip and apple pie!

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