Rosehip Tea

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Rosehip is a herbal miracle that I learnt from dad. He is one of those who hates using medicine and prefers herbal remedy instead. He always says that the nature always serves us what we need. I was so surprised as a child by dad’s knowledge on some herbs when we had a walk around the village where he spent his childhood. When passing along some wild bushes, he would stop, pick a few small fruits, rub them on his clothes to remove the dust and throw one into his mouth and give the rest to me. I didn’t have any single idea what I was eating then as we wouldn’t see such fruits at the markets or bazaars (we still don’t see many of them). They were incredibly fresh and they made me feel like I was in a different world (most probably because I would watch “Alice in Wonderland” then). How was it possible that he knew so much about these interesting fruits or herbs? He said that in his childhood, the children of that village would gather and go exploring on the mountains. As there were no computer games in their time, they would create their own games then. Their games would generally contain the things they could find in forests on mountains. They would invent a game from the twigs of bushes or trees, from dandelions or even from pine cones. And while playing in the forest, dad says that they would never feel hungry as they would snack various wild fruits they came across. In this way, they would learn what fruit was edible by experimenting. Sounds like a real learning in nature, doesn’t it?

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Rosehip was one of the wild fruits they would see so often in the forest. And they would fill their pockets with rosehips whenever they saw it as they knew how healthy it was. When they empty their pockets at home, their mom would make either rosehip tea or rosehip marmalade.

Being aware of the benefits of rosehip, dad has turned it into a usual tea for us by making it often. Therefore, the word ‘rosehip’ doesn’t remind us of a disease unlike many people who identify this fruit with the flu. Of course, it’s known as one of the best herbal remedies against the flu and it strengthens immune system, but at the same time it’s a great drink with a sourish flavor. In Winter you can drink it hot, and it makes a perfect cold drink in Summer. Even when dried, it doesn’t lose the vitamins it contains. Experts say that it is a stock of vitamin C, about 40 times more than citrus fruits.

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It’s so easy to make the rosehip tea, and you will need a teapot to brew the tea.

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Ingredients
-    A handful rosehip (about 10 pods)
-    5 or 6 cups of water
-    Honey

Pour the water in the teapot. Throw the rosehips into it. Put its lid on. Heat it over medium heat for about 5 minutes. When it starts to boil, bring it to the lowest heat and keep boiling for about 10 minutes. Then take it from fire. Let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then, pour it to cups and sweeten it with a little honey.

If you would like to drink it cold, pour all into a jug, mix it with honey or sugar and wait it in refrigerator until cold.

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If you want to make it just for 2 servings (just like I did yesterday), decrease the given measurements. I used a coffeepot and pour 2 small cups of water in it and 5 rosehip pods were enough.

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As a Winter drink (sorry for the photo, the batteries of my camera was about to end).

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As a Summer drink

Comments

  1. OysterCulture says

    I love rosehip tea but was unaware of all its medicinal benefits. Thanks so much for sharing all this wonderful information. Now when I unpack my tea kettle I’ll have to get some rosehip tea!

  2. DianaHayes says

    Does it matter what roses it comes from? Should the rosehips be red when you pick them?

  3. says

    A homemade rosehip tea sounds wonderful, so much good vitamin C! I was wishing for fresh rosehips when I was making that carrot wolfberry soup a few months ago, that would have entirely completed the range of immunity boosters I was looking for.

  4. says

    I’ve never had rosehip tea, does is have a faintly floral taste? All those health benefits are amazing! Your pictures are really lovely, Zerrin!

  5. says

    Gosh, it’s many years since I had rosehip tea. I believe that rosehips were very commonly used here in Ireland in past times, but, unfortunately, you don’t hear about them being used much anymore.

  6. Soma says

    This has to be fabulous.

    Wish you a happy holidays and a great year ahead zerrin.

  7. says

    What an informative post – I have never tried rosehip – and had no idea what it was good for… thanks for sharing this!

  8. says

    I was so happy to discover Istanbul this past holiday and my daughter and I fell in love with the city. I was also lucky to walk around the Bazaar and I brought back some natural apple tea, which I love; I also brought back sahlep and other spices.
    I did not know about this type of tea, or I would have bought it! Next time!

  9. says

    Rosehip tea is the tea we drink at home in Croatia. With honey and lemon if we’re feeling poorly. :)

  10. says

    I love rosehip tea! It’s so full of Vitamin C and other good stuff. Thanks for reminding me…

  11. says

    I don’t know what rosehip is; I’ve never seen(or heard of) it before in my life – and I’m intrigued by it. But I’ve got to say: I’m coming back here for the writing. Well done. The anecdote about your father and the general recollection about times past … well done. I’m hooked.

  12. seda says

    In my country it was very popular, my mom used picked them fresh and then dried them, then she made rosehip juice. I will also add another comment about rosehip. the rosehip tea is really good for your kidneys.just make a tea and drink with or withouth sugar.

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