Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Rose Hips North Fife 2010

Rose Hips at Flisk North Fife. In the hedgerows and road side where there were abundant pink and red flowers in June there are now millions of health supporting rose hips.

A close up of these wonderful plump rose hips, super abundant following on from the mass of June blossom.

Dog roses June earlier this year.

The wild rose, source of so many beneficial ingredients.

Recipe For Rosehip Syrup. These were the actual directions given by the Ministry of Food during the Second World War for 900gm of hips
Method Boil 1.7 litres of water.
Mince hips in a course mincer (food processor) and put immediately into the boiling water.
Bring back to the boil and then place aside for 15 minutes.
Pour into a flannel or linen crash jelly bag and allow to drip until the bulk of the liquid has come through.
Return the residue to the saucepan, add 852ml of boiling water, stir and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
Pour back into the jelly bag and allow to drip.
To make sure all the sharp hairs are removed put back the first half cupful of liquid and allow to drip through again.
Put the mixed juice into a clean saucepan and boil down until the juice measures about 852ml, then add 560gm of sugar and boil for a further 5 minutes. Pour into hot sterile bottles and seal at once.


Steralise your containers.
It is advisable to use small bottles as the syrup will not keep for more than a week or two once the bottle is opened.
Store in a dark cupboard.
Source: The Hedgerow Harvest, MoF, 1943
The resulting syrup can be used as a flavouring for milk puddings, ice-cream or almost any sweet, or diluted as a drink.

Rosehip Berries could also provide new ways of tackling a whole range of inflammatory diseases such as

* Osteoporosis
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
* Crohn's Disease (inflammatory bowel disorder)

Rosehips contain Vitamins E, A and D, and antioxidant flavonoids. Lets not forget the vitamin C content. It is very high fact it is one of the richest plant sources of vitamin C.
Litozin? What's that got to do with rose hip benefit? Well the people in Denmark did a trial run and showed that a herbal remedy Litozin, made up from ground-up seeds and shells from rosehips reduced pain caused by osteoporosis.
How does Litozin work? Well the anti-inflammatory agent in Litozin is thought to prevent white blood cells (which fuel inflammation) moving to the sites of tissue damage.

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