Now I remember when I was a kid, my parents informing me about when they were kids. Throughout the war they were offered rosehip syrup, this was due to the fact that it was high in vitamin C however Britain wasn’t importing any fresh fruit, so no oranges, no lemons and so on. So we required an alternative source of vitamin C, now these increased hips here have per weight more vitamin C than oranges and lemons. So we have right here on our doorsteps an exceptional source of vitamin C.

Throughout the war years, there was a plan run by the federal government under which volunteers to head out selected the increased hips and they were paid a cent a pound for them. They all entered into factories to make increased hip syrup which was high in vitamin C.

Which then went to be fed to the kids. This plan that ended in 1950.
What I am wishing to do is to motivate individuals to take a look at increased hips as an option to oranges for vitamin C.

rosehips in potWhat we’re going to do now, is in fact make some rosehip syrup utilizing an old wartime dish.
You require 2 kilos of increased hips, slice them in half put them in a jam pan and include 3 liters of water and bring it to the boil.

While the pan is warming up, what I believed I ‘d do, is reveal you the within increased hip. Now as you can see, the flesh is on the outdoors and best in the core, too and it’s surrounded by a great deal of seeds, now birds enjoy the seeds and they will be you frequently discover when you’re out choosing increased hips, that the birds have actually currently existed and they have actually removed open the rosehips. Despite the fact that the birds like the seeds, people cant consume them as they’re covered in an extremely great hairs that make them indigestible and an irritant also.

I keep in mind as kids, what we utilized to do, was utilized to divide open these increased hips and put the seeds down individuals’s backs and utilize it as an itching powder, it was an excellent enjoyable however extremely bothersome to the individual who got captured with the seeds however down the back of their neck.

I’m not recommending individuals ought to do it now, however it was terrific enjoyable when we were kids.


When the pan has actually come near the boil, leave it to simmer for about 5 minutes then you require to strain it through the jelly bag, this will take about an hour to strain it and at that point put the pulp back in the pan include another 3 liters of water bring it as much as the boil simmer for 5 minutes and after that duplicate the procedure of straining it through the jelly bag.

rosehips add sugarThe pulp has actually been staining for 24 hr now, so the liquid is now all set to be determined then back into the pan and after that add 650 grams of sugar for each liter of liquid.

Heat it up stirring it to ensure the sugar is liquified as it’s coming near the boil you might discover that this sort of foamy layer types on the surface area, all you require to do is spoon that off and after that let the liquid boil for about 3 minutes.

You can now, decant the syrup into bottles, seal and store in the refrigerator. You can utilize the rosehip syrup on toast, on crumpets, on your breakfast cereal, your oats and even over cakes.