They grew everywhere and were found in every shade of light pink to a vibrant
fuschia. The yellow centers reminded me of smiley faces. I would always pick a
bouquet for my great grandmother. She spoke very little English and I did not quite
understand her when she spoke Finnish. She, however, seemed pleased every time I
brought the roses to her.

In the late fall I recall picking the red pods on the roses that were no longer blooming.
I would chew on them. One time my great grandmother caught me in the act of
chewing rose hips and promptly handed me a pail. I knew that whenever I was given
a pail I was to pick something. She said in Finnish the same thing she always said
when I would bring her roses. I figured that she wanted me to gather the rose hips
and I was right.

She wanted the rose hips for tea. She kept a tea kettle of water simmering on the
wood stove. The rose hips were put in the kettle and allowed to steep all night. Every
morning we were treated to a cup of rose hip tea sweetened with a bit of honey. I
would sip the tea with my elders and feel pretty special because I was the one who
gathered the rose hips.

Thinking back on my childhood I had very few, if any, colds in the winter. Rose hips
are a good source of vitamin C which is good for the immune system. I make the
rose hip tea today much as it was made in those days. I make it in a crockpot. At
night I fill the pot with water, add a few handfuls of rose hips, turn the pot on high and
leave it alone until morning. A cup of rose hip tea and a bit of honey in the morning or
anytime is a refreshing change of pace from the ordinary, and also good for you.


About The Author

Bonita Anderson

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A Pot of Rosehip Tea
by Bonita Anderson  
Winter is knocking at the door
and the cold and flu season is
right behind him. I do my best to
keep the latter two outside with
old man winter. They are not the
type of guest I want in my
home. There are things one can
do to help stay well this time of
year. Keeping your immune
system in tip top shape is one.

As a child I loved exploring the
hundred acre woods around my
grandparents estate. In the early
summer the air was filled with
the fragrance of wild roses.
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