Sunday, 9 October 2011
Day 101: More on Rosehips
Did you know that rosehips contain 20 times as much Vitamin C as an orange? The problem with my source for this factoid is that it doesn't say exactly how it calculates this - pound for pound, or what? Be that as it may be, they were majorly useful during World War II, where a few drops of the syrup was given to infants on a daily basis. It therefore occurs to me that if I can make this stuff, it could be the first line of defence against the common cold this winter. Got to be cheaper than echinacea tablets.
The problem with rosehips (and it is a major one!) is that inside, the little seeds are covered with little hairs. These hairs are immensely irritating and can, I am told, cause nasty tummy upsets. And if they get through the tummy without problem, then they REALLY get you on the way out. I do not speak from experience here, but I am told that the word, 'itchy', does not begin to cover it.
So when making the syrup, one has to be very careful that none of these little hairs get into the final product. Hence straining and straining and straining.
Well, I'm off to give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes, and if it works, I'll post the recipe. After all, my "Food for Free" foraging book says there are hips still in the hedgerows until November.