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Rose Hip Tea
Posted on October 5th, 2010

This is my favorite winter tea. Rose hips are full of vitamin C and other good things and, once dried, they will keep for at least a year. They need a couple of frosts to ripen so they are ready for picking now. Just make sure that the area you gather them from is pesticide-free. Once you have picked the hips, spread them on a baking sheet to dry. Drying will take a couple of weeks. When the hips are hard, sort through them and discard any black or brown ones, and then pull off any stems and blossom ends. To make tea, just put 6 or 8 hips into a mug, pour boiling water over them and let them steep for a few minutes. The taste is very mild, so you can add another flavour, such as mint, if you want a more flavourful tea.
Store your rose hips in a glass jar and they will keep for a year or more. I'd like to research just how long they do keep, but I always run out before the next harvest!

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