RECIPE: Rose hip tea
November 22, 2010 § 2 Comments
Rose hips are abundant in British hedgerows in Autumn and early winter, and are easily recognisable – fat, bright red buds with spiky black ends. They are a bit of a wonder food – high in vitamins C, A and B and rich in antioxidants, they are used to make syrups, jams, jellies, even bread and pies. If you’re a bit of a beginner in the foraging stakes, start off with some healthy and delicious rose hip tea, which is fantastic for beating winter colds.
1. Collect about a handful of rosehips per cup. You can also buy them dried from most health shops.
2. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 heaping teaspoons of chopped rose hips.
3. Steep the herbal tea, covered, for 15 minutes and strain.
4. Sweeten with honey if desired.
You can also add lemon juice or a few mint leaves. Rose hip tea is also a fantastic, caffeine-free drink for before bed if you need help drifting off.
If you want a little sweet treat to go with your herby tea, check out my step-by-step Welsh toffee recipe