Syrup made from the hips contains a large amount of vitamin C. The hips are ripe at the end of the summer. The hip is not a real fruit but a swelling of that part of the stem that holds the flower; the true fruits, the hairy objects containing one seed, reside inside the hip.
- Rosa canina hips
- weight the hips
- open and remove seeds and hairy parts
- wash the hips
- boil the water (2x water weight)
- put the hips in the boiling water, let simmer for 5 minutes
- remove from fire, leave them to stand, covered, for 15 minutes
- strain the liquid
- add the sugar (0.5x liquid volume, ie add half cup of sugar for each cup of liquid)
- heat again to dissolve the sugar
Take a spoonful a day to keep colds at bay.
Keep the syrup in the fridge, or freeze it into cubes to use when needed.