Product: Organic Rosehip Shells
Latin Name: Rosa canina
Plant Family: Rosacea
Other Names: Dog Rose, Brier Rose, Dog Berry, Hep Tree, Hip Fruit, Hop Fruit, Hogseed, Sweet Brier, Wild Brier, Witches Brier, Rosier Sauvage, Rosier des Haies, Rose de Chien & Swine Rose.
Description: The dog rose is a climbing deciduous shrub native to the Middle East, which can also be found growing in many temperate regions of the world. It reaches a height of 2-3 metres; the stems are covered in hooked thorns, which the plant uses to climb. The leaves are oddly pinnate, dark to glaucous green in colour and comprised of 5-7 ovate leaflets with serrated edges, each leaflet being 10-40mm in length. The 5-petaled flowers are pale pink to white in colour and 4-6cm in diameter. The flowers are replaced in the autumn with oval shaped, red-orange fruits referred to as hips which are 1-2cm in length.
Rosehip shells can be used to make tea, wine, jellies, cordials and syrup; they can also be added to pot pourri as a means of retaining the perfume of the blend. Or soaked in apple cider vinegar to make a soothing skin tonic. Rosehip shells can also be used as a dye, giving shades of red to pink depending on the mordant used.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.