My Easy Recipe for Making Rose Hip Tea From Fresh Rose Hips Picked From the Garden

Now that the flowers are gone, it’s time to make Rose Hip tea!

Did you know you could make delicious tea from rose blooming flower tea flowers? It’s true, both the rose petals, and the hips from the roses can be brewed into a delicious tea. The hips from the roses contain a high amount of vitamin C, and also vitamins A,D,E, and antioxidants, so not only does it taste good, it’s good for you!

In my own garden, I grow my roses organically, so there is never any concern about pesticides or harmful chemicals on the flowers. Never make tea or anything edible from flowers if you don’t know the source!

If you’ve been growing roses for years and never tried using the petals and/or hips, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Making tea from fresh petals or hips is especially nice in the fall, when only a few flowers remain on the bushes.

The temperature is beginning to drop, and you know that winter is lurking. This is my favorite time to pick a few flowers for making tea. Because it can be a bit chilly, it’s the perfect time to curl up with my gardening magazines and a steaming cup of freshly brewed tea. (Especially when the ingredients came from my own garden).

When using flower petals for tea, remove some of the outer petals from the flower, but don’t snip the whole flower from the bush! (I prefer to let them turn to rose hips), and then make some delicious Rose Hip tea. Besides, I know that the rose bushes need to begin their readiness for winter, so snipping entire blooms this late in the season is not a good idea.

Usually by mid-October, the hips are ready to be picked. After a good frost, the hips turn color and get sweeter. I simply choose bright red ones, and with a simple twist, they break free. I drop them into a plastic bag, and when I have as many as I want, I return into the house to sort and rinse them.

I never fail to have the tea pot ready to brew a fresh cup with every trip to the garden!

Recipe for Making Rose Hip Tea with Fresh Hips

Depending on the size of the hips, I add a handful to my tea pot (filled half way with water)

I don’t cut them or anything; simply add them to the pot.

I let the water boil for at least 5 minutes, then turn it down and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.

Then I turn off the pot, and let it steep for around 10 minutes.

I use my small strainer on top of the cup, and strain the tea into it.

Note: Don’t be tempted to pop a hip into your mouth! The seeds inside the hip (as well as the tiny hairs) are very irritating to your throat and digestion. When you dry the hips you remove these, but using them fresh, and straining out only the liquid, it is not necessary.

Yummy! Fresh brewed Rose Hip tea that has a lovely pink color, and nice aroma. I like to drink mine with nothing added to it, but you might prefer to sweeten it a bit. I suggest you add a bit of honey for that. Or get creative; steep some fresh peppermint or spearmint from the garden with it. Or add a cinnamon stick to your cup.