One of the most beautiful signs of approaching summer is the sight of the dog rose beginning to flower. The flowers are usually pale pink, but can vary between a deep pink and white. They are 4–6 centimetres in diameter with five petals, and mature into an oval, 1.5–2-centimetre, red-orange fruit, or hip.
Rose hips are a round portion of rose flower which are found below the petals. Rose hips are fruit of rose plant which forms in autumn and late summer after the rose plant is pollinated. When the rose bud falls, the fruit of the plant arises. The fruit is red and could purple, orange or black.
Rosehip (Rosa Canina) is widely known because of its effectiveness in strengthening the human body’s defenses towards an infection especially the common cold.
Rose hips have high content of Vitamin C which helps to prevent and treat flu, colds and Vitamin C deficiency.
Rosehip powder (Rosa L Canina) is gaining international acclaim with two new studies supporting its powerful anti-inflammatory action to help reduce arthritic pain.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Rose hip contains 60 times more vitamin C than an orange.
- Rose hip (Rose dog – Rosa canina) was named for the belief that it cured the bite of rabid dogs.
- In Croatia, Rose hips are used to flavor soft drink named Cockta.
- In Bulgaria, it is used to make sweet wines and tea.