Raw Rosehip Syrup

basket with rosehips

Traditionally the hips are boiled with sugar and water, but I discovered  this ‘raw’ syrup on the Woodland Trust blog recently and it appealed to me. (1)

I added a few pieces of cinnamon bark to each of the jars and it has given it a delicious and warming flavour. Also there is a lot of sugar in the recipe and I am hoping the blood sugar lowering properties of cinnamon may go a little ways to modulating the sugar impact on the body. (Hope springs eternal)

Both Rosehips and Cinnamon have antioxidant properties

Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body and free radicals can be very harmful to your body if their levels become too high. High levels of free radicals are linked to heart disease, cancers , diabetes and other serious disease.

Many fresh fruits and veggies contain antioxidants which is one of the reasons its important to get as much of these foods into your diet as possible. 

This raw method, in theory because it doesn’t involve heating should preserve the Vitamin C and antioxidant properties.

Sugar will preserve the syrup for longer preventing bacteria and mould from forming too quickly.

 

 

METHOD

  1. Give your rose hips a good rinse under the tap and pat them dry.
  2. Use a knife to trim the ends and then make a few scores on each hip or pierce them with a fork.
  3. Sterilise and dry a  jar that can be sealed and place a layer of caster or granulated sugar on the bottom, then a layer of hips.
  4. Keep layering hips and sugar until you run out of hips or the jar is full. Try to fill the spaces between the hips with sugar.
  5. Seal the jar and put it by a sunny window for a couple of weeks, or up to a couple of months, turning it from time to time. The sugar will draw the liquid from the rose hips and form syrup. Initially I thought it was not going to work but over the weeks the liquid developed a subtle pink blush.
  6. Strain the syrup through a fine cloth like muslin. Rose hips contain hairs which cause irritation so it is important to remove these.
  7. Seal the syrup in sterilised bottles and keep in the fridge. The high sugar content will stop bacteria from taking hold

Avoid using roses that have been sprayed with pesticides. Almost all florist roses will contain traces of pesticides, as they are not meant for consumption.

My intention is to use it at the first sign of flu/coughs or colds this winter.

References

1.Woodland Trust blog, Available at: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/07/raw-rosehip-syrup/

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