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How To Make Rosehip Tea

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Rosehip tea is a popular, tangy and vitamin C-rich herbal tea. It has been used throughout the ages for its health benefits. 

Rosehip tea is made from the rose plant's fruit, commonly found in Europe and parts of Africa. Rosehips are a superfood high in vitamin C, and are a ​​good source of different vitamins and antioxidants, making it a great choice for supporting your health.

Today, people enjoy rosehip tea for its potential health benefits. Others enjoy its unique tangy flavor. Either way, rosehip tea makes a great addition to any daily routine.

History of Rosehip Tea

Rosehip tea has a rich history dating back centuries and is rooted in cultures worldwide. Rosehips have been used for medicinal and nutritional benefits. The tea originates from the fruits of different wild rose plants, particularly the Rosa Canina species.

The use of rosehips dates back to antiquity. Rosehips were appreciated for their healing properties and used in various remedies. Greek philosopher and physician Hippocrates already recommended the use of rosehips. During the Middle Ages, rosehips were a common ingredient in traditional medicines and syrups. Wild rose bushes found their way into monastery gardens. Monastics started cultivating them and using rosehips to treat a range of ailments.

Brewing rosehips into tea became prominent in the Middle Ages in Europe. The profusion of wild rose bushes along hedges, fields, and woods provided for ample supply. The ripening of rosehips happens in the fall and coincides with the arrival of winter and its lack of fresh fruits. Thus, it became very common to gather rosehips and preserve them in Vitamin C-rich teas and other preparations.

I have enjoyed rosehip tea since childhood. My family originates from Alsace, a province in eastern France with abundant wild roses. My aunt once gifted me a vintage recipe book and taught me how to make rosehip jam, an old family recipe. I would go gather rosehips after the first frost and spend many hours tediously laboring to obtain a few jars of jam. This reflects the versatility of rosehips, extending beyond tea to other culinary uses. It is also a testament to how generations have ingeniously enjoyed the bounties of nature to heal themselves.

Today, rosehip tea is celebrated for its health benefits and unique, tangy flavor. Its historical significance as a natural remedy continues to influence its consumption.

What You'll Need

Making rosehip tea is much easier than making jam! You'll need a few essential ingredients and tools to make rosehip tea. Here's what you should gather before you begin:

  1. Rosehips: You can use either dried or fresh rosehips.

  2. Water: Use filtered water if possible for the best taste.

  3. Sweeteners (optional): Honey, sugar, or stevia can sweeten your tea. A slice of orange can also enhance the natural tanginess of the rosehips.

  4. Tea Strainer or Infuser: Useful to contain the rosehips while they steep. This ensures you can easily remove them after brewing.

  5. Kettle or Pot: A kettle is convenient to boil the water for your tea.

  6. Measuring Spoon: Useful for measuring the correct amount of dried rosehips.

You can brew a delicious, soothing rosehip tea with these ingredients and tools.

Choosing Your Rosehips

  1. Fresh Rosehips: Look for plump, firm, and deep-colored rosehips. Harvest fresh rosehips after the first frost of autumn, which makes them sweeter.

  2. Dried Rosehips: Ensure dried rosehips are from a reputable source. This helps guarantee the dried rosehips are dried properly, and undamaged. Dried rosehips should be reddish and firm to the touch.

  3. Herbal Tea Blends: You can also opt for herbal tea blends. They often combine rosehips with other berries and herbals, such as hibiscus. These blends offer a complex flavor profile and additional health benefits. Look for blends that list rosehips as one of the top ingredients. This ensures a strong presence of rosehips in the blend. If you are looking for such a blend, consider “Rosehip Hibiscus Tisane”, "Wild Berry Tisane", “Monastery Garden Tisane” and “Apple Cider Tisane”, from Clair Thé. 

Preparing your Rosehip Tea

Here's how to prepare each type of rosehip tea.

Preparing Fresh Rosehip Tea

  • Cleaning: Rinse fresh rosehips under cold water to remove dirt or debris. Ensure they are clean and intact.

  • Removing Seeds and Hairs: Cut the rosehips in half. Scoop out the seeds and the fine hairs inside.

  • Drying: Once cleaned and deseeded, cut the rosehips into smaller pieces and dry them. This increases the surface area and allows for better flavor and nutrient extraction.

Handling Dried Rosehips

  • Inspecting: Check dried rosehips for signs of mold or an unusual smell. Good-quality dried rosehips should be intact and different shades of red.

  • Crushing: Lightly crush the dried rosehips with a mortar, pestle, or rolling pin. This helps release more flavor and active compounds when steeped. Do not turn the rosehips into a powder; just break them up slightly.

Preparing Herbal Tea Blends

  • Check your herbal tea blend: If you're using a blend that includes rosehips and berries, check where rosehips are on the ingredient list. The most prominent ingredients are listed first. If rosehips appear lower on the list, and you want the vitamin C benefits, consider adding dried rosehips to your blend.

  • Steeping for Maximum Extraction

    • Water Temperature: Use boiling water (around 210°F or 100°C) to steep fresh and dried rosehips. Refer to the product's recommended water temperature if you are using herbal tea blends.

    • Steeping Time: Allow the rosehips or herbal blend to steep for 10-15 minutes. Cover your cup while steeping. Doing so helps keep your tea warm.

Hot And Cold Rosehip Tea Blends 

Clair Thé offers you a range of herbal teas blended with rosehip. Here’s a profile of our four most popular.

Rosehip Hibiscus Tisane. Sipping this tisane hot releases the tart, invigorating rosehip essence. The herbal infuistion also offers deep, floral notes of hibiscus. When prepared hot, Rosehip Hibiscus Tisane is a rejuvinating treat. When served cold, it transforms into a refreshing, crisp beverage. Rosehip Hibiscus Tisane's zesty tang delights the palate on a warm day, making it an excellent iced tea.

Wild Berry Tisane. When hot, Wild Berry Tisane envelops you in the cozy aromas of forest fruits and a hint of citrus. It creates a comforting, fruity brew that’s perfect for relaxing in the evening. Chilled, it offers a vibrant, juicy burst of berry flavors. Cold Wild Berry Tisane is enhanced by undernotes of orange and hibiscus, making it a colorful summer drink.

Monastery Garden Tisane. Enjoying this blend hot allows the soothing scents of lavender and peppermint to rise. It mingles the subtle sweetness of apple and the nuttiness of hazelnut leaves, crafting a tranquil escape. Cold, Monastery Garden Tisane becomes a refreshing, lightly floral drink. It offers chilled hints of mint and fruit, ideal for sipping in a sunny, peaceful garden.

Apple Cider Tisane. Hot, this tisane is like a comforting, spiced apple cider, with rich notes of cinnamon and star anis. It warms you from the inside out. Apple Cider Tisane offers the sweet, full-bodied flavors of apple and elderberries. Served cold, Apple Cider Tisane becomes a crisp, invigorating drink, where the spices blend beautifully. It makes a refreshing fall afternoon pick-me-up.

Comparing Rosehip Types

Fresh rosehips, dried rosehips, and herbal tea blends with rosehips offer distinct characteristics and benefits.

Fresh Rosehips

  • Pro: Flavor. Fresh rosehips provide a vibrant, tangy flavor. They are slightly sweeter than dried rosehips. This is especially true if you harvest them after the first frost, which naturally sweetens the fruit.

  • Con: Availability: Fresh rosehips are seasonal. They are best picked in late fall after the first frost. Rosehip plants may not be naturally available in every climate.

Dried Rosehips

  • Pro: Convenience. Dried rosehips are easy to store and use. They have a long shelf life and are available year-round in stores or online.

  • Con: Preparation. Dried rosehips may need a longer steeping time to extract flavor and beneficial properties.

Herbal Tea Blends

  • Pro: Balanced Flavor. Herbal teas blend rosehips with other berries or herbs, offering a balanced flavor profile. For example, the tartness of rosehips can be balanced against the sweetness of apples.

  • Con: Less vitamin C, potentially. If you select an herbal tea that has little rosehip in it, you risk not getting the full vitamin C boost.

Health Benefits of Rosehip

Rosehip tea is believed to have many benefits, making it a valuable addition to a healthy diet*. Here is what you might expect in your cup of rosehip tea:

  1. Rich in Vitamin C. Rosehips are among the richest plant sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is supposed to support the immune system and skin health. Regularly drinking rosehip tea can help boost your vitamin C intake.

  2. Anti-inflammatory Properties. Research suggests that rosehips may have anti-inflammatory effects. The galactolipids found in rosehips are thought to be responsible for these properties.

  3. Antioxidant-Rich. Rosehips contain antioxidants, including flavonoids, carotenoids, and polyphenols. These compounds are thought to help combat oxidative stress.

  4. Supports Digestion. Rosehips' organic acids and pectin may help improve digestive health. 

  5. Skin Health. The high vitamin C content may play a role in collagen synthesis, which supports skin elasticity and strength.

Why should I drink rosehip tea?

Rosehip tea is a healthy and delicious drink from the fruit of rose plants. It's rich in vitamin C, and is thought to be helpful in supporting a healthy diet. You can enjoy it fresh, dried, or blended with other herbs and berries.

Preparing and brewing rosehip tea is easy and customizable. It's a versatile option for any occasion. Rosehip tea is low in calories and caffeine-free, making it an excellent choice for a healthy and conscious diet. Try brewing rosehip tea today and share your experience with us!

*Supported by some scientific evidence but do not meet the scientific agreement standard set by the FDA.


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