Rosehip berries


Dog rose, also known as wild rose, is a particular type of rose that grows in a totally spontaneous way and that finds its ideal habitat in different areas of the world. In Italy, for example, it is quite common. It represents the true progenitor of the domestic rose that we are all used to growing in our gardens. The adjective «canine» attributed to this plant has very ancient origins, having been given by Pliny the Elder, a Latin writer who lived in the first century after Christ, who told how thanks to an infusion of this beautiful plant a Roman soldier recovered completely from the misfortune of the anger that had hit him. Fascinating, therefore, the history of this rose, of very small size but with great therapeutic properties.

Dog rose and its berries

Rosehip and its berries have been very popular for centuries. The plant looks like a shrub, between 1 and 3 meters high, with fairly hanging branches and characterized by very strong thorns. The flower of the dog rose is quite small, having a diameter that rarely exceeds 7 centimeters and they are not fragrant (contrary to the domestic rose), or rather they are very little. The petals do not last long after full flowering and fall off after a very short time. As for the flowering of dog rose, it occurs between the end of spring and the first half of summer (between May and July). In late autumn, almost at the end of the same, the rosehip berries reach full ripeness and are ready for harvesting. Distinctly fiery red, they are really meaty.

Properties and uses of rosehip berries

The properties and uses of rosehip berries are very varied. This great variety is due to the fact that there are many characteristics of this beautiful spontaneous flower and its fruits. Rosehip berries, first of all, are very used in case there are joint pains. In this case, the berries themselves must first be dried in ventilated rooms and then pulverized. The intake, then, must be daily and include a dose of 10 grams of powder per day. Moreover, with the powder obtained from the berries, excellent infusions and decoctions are prepared. The huge amount of vitamin C present in them, in conjunction with bioflavonoids, organic acids and polyphenols, gives the rosehip remarkable astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

Rosehip Berries: Rosehip berry jam

Preparing the rosehip berry jam is not complicated and very few ingredients will be enough, that is 1 kg of rosehip berries, 600 grams of sugar, the peel of a lemon and half a liter of white wine. of the cuff and cut them in half, carefully cleaning them and eliminating the hair that distinguishes them. Let’s place them in a pot and cover them with wine. We boil for 45 minutes. We drain and sift with the help of a spoon. We put the pulp again in a saucepan and let it boil further for 15 minutes. We then weigh the pulp obtained and on the basis of this we add the sugar in the percentage of 600 g per kg of pulp. Then we boil for half an hour, adding the lemon peel at the end. Let’s pour it into the jars.

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