Late summer brings melancholy to some, including the seemingly jolly and respected rose plant. For, this is the time of year when days spent frolicking in lazy afternoons are coming to an end, school beckons, and stalwart roses lose their petals. If you are a rose bush caretaker, you’ve likely been trimming and pruning your flowers so won’t be able to see, or cultivate, any rose hips. If not, however, this is when you will begin to notice the treasure hidden within, which is the focus of this particular profile: the highly nutritious rose hips, or seed pod part of the rose plant.
Due to its high vitamin C content, rose hips may have played a significant role in keeping British kids healthy during WWII. When German submarines were destroying cargo ships carrying imported citrus fruit, parents were instructed to gather the rose hips seed pods and make syrup to administer to their children in order to prevent scurvy!
If you think your cup of Buddha Teas Rose Hips Tea is going to make your mouth pucker, you couldn’t be more wrong. Unlike the vitamin C lozenges you may have sucked on and reacted with, as Oprah describes, “ugly cry” face, our delicate, balanced vitamin C-rich tea couldn’t taste less tart. So go ahead, steep away, and enjoy this immune-boosting tea any time of day, all year long.
Because some of rose hips’ vitamin C can diminish in high heat, we recommend preparing your Rose Hips Tea in water heated to about 185° F. Steep as long as you like, though; as stated above, the smooth flavor will not bitter, even up to a 10-minute soak.