When talking about rose hips, many people remember their childhood when they had less pleasant acquaintances with the “itching powder” of the red dog rose fruit. Strictly speaking, rose hips are only pseudo-fruits, explains the consumer advice center Bremen in a current report. The domestic superfood is an outstanding vitamin C supplier and can contribute to strengthen the immune system.
Healthy rose hips are already established since the Middle Ages in the plant medicine. The delicious pseudo-fruits score points above all with their high vitamin C content. Among other things, they can be used to prevent diseases such as colds.
Rose hips have a lot to offer. They are rich at Vitamin C, B and a preliminary stage of Vitamin A. Already 50 g rose hips cover the daily Vitamin C need , describe Sonja Pannenbecker, Referentin for food and nutrition with the consumer center Bremen. That one can strengthen the defense forces and prevent colds with rose hips already knew the Benediktinerin Hildegard of Bingen, reports the Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE).
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Rosehips also provide minerals such as iron and magnesium. As if that were not enough to be considered superfood, the pseudo-fruit also contains antioxidants. These protect the cells from free radicals. According to the consumer advice center, one more reason to include them in the recommended “3 plus 2” portions of vegetables and fruit per day.
The rose hip is the fruit of various wild rose species such as potato rose and dog rose. According to the consumer center, all types of roses can be harvested, but the fruits of the potato rose and dog rose are most commonly used. According to the BZfE, the rose hip can be collected in nature until well into November. The fruits are ripe when they can be easily picked and the skin gives way with a light finger pressure.
If this is too laborious for you, you can also cook the fruits and then pass them through a fine sieve. In this way, the annoying hairs, peels and seeds are sifted out. If the mixture is very viscous, it is best to dilute it a little, then the process is easier.
“The seeds, and especially the hairs known as itching powder, should be removed during preparation,” advises Pannenbecker. “They have small barbs and can irritate the skin and mucous membranes”. To do this, simply remove the flower attachments, nuts and stems before preparation.
Rosehip puree is also suitable for preparing fruity sauces and desserts as well as jam. Or you can use it to make a delicious chutney. Together with onions and quinces, the puree is a wonderful autumnal spread or dip. (ad)
This is then the basis for many delicious rose hip dishes. “My personal favorite is rosehip fruit spread. But I also like to cook “Nyponsoppa”, a Swedish rose-hip soup,” says Pannenbecker. To make it, the rosehip puree is boiled up with some sugar and then thickened with potato starch. It is often served with a topping of whipped cream and flaked almonds.
Rosehips provide vitamin C and antioxidants
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