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The rose hips of the dog rose are not only edible but also very tasty, if a bit tart. If you waited with the harvest until after the first frost, then the fruits will be a little sweeter but also a little softer.

Dog rose hips are delicious and healthy

What ingredients do rosehips have?

In addition to a large amount of vitamin C, rose hips also contain a lot of lycopene. The red plant pigment is mainly known from tomatoes and is one of the most effective antioxidants. Some other vitamins, roughage and valuable minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium, tannins and pectins can also be found in rose hips.

This makes them a popular home remedy for colds, strengthening the immune system and stimulating the appetite. The rose hip is even said to provide relief for urinary tract problems. It also promotes wound healing in the event of small injuries in the mouth, bleeding gums or periodontal disease. Self-treatment is not recommended without medical advice.

How can I use the rose hips?

The fruits of the dog rose, but also the apple rose can be used in many ways. You can use the rose hips to make a raw fruit puree for immediate consumption, to make jam or soup, but you can also make a liqueur. Rose hips are also popular for tea, especially when dried. Cook a rosehip chutney or spice up your roast venison sauce with the tart rosehips.

When and how do I harvest the rose hips?

Harvest the rosehips only when they are fully ripe. You can tell by the fact that they can be easily detached from the stem. The rose hips become sweeter with the first frosts. If the birds have not pecked your dog roses empty by then, then only harvest after the first frost. Why not cut some branches with ripe rosehips as an autumn decoration.

The most important thing about rose hips:

  • high content of vitamin C
  • also contains minerals and pectin
  • rich in dietary fiber
  • Fruit puree without cooking particularly rich in vitamins
  • sweet or hearty: jam or chutney
  • with alcohol: prepare wine or liqueur
  • for seasoning: delicious in game sauces


Because of its high vitamin C content, the rosehip is also nicknamed the "Lemon of the North". Fresh, raw fruit pulp contains a particularly large amount of this vitamin.

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