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Jam packed with vatamin C and antioxidants, rose hip syrup was made after WW2 as a cold medicine for children. Diluted at 1:5 rose hip syrup:water and sweetened it is a healthy drink for all ages. I used to drink sweetened rose water at a local Mediterranean buffet.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/200...recipes.dessert

 

By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

 

 

 

Rosehip syrup is dripping with vitamin C and has long had a reputation for keeping colds at bay all winter. Far from being austere, though, it has a surprisingly tropical tang, with notes of lychee and mango. Diluted with about five parts cold water, it makes a delicious cordial drink, which kids will love, and a fantastic autumn cocktail for grown-ups. It's also an indulgent alternative to maple syrup on ice cream, waffles and pancakes.

 

1kg rosehips, washed and chopped

1kg caster sugar

You will also need a jelly bag (or a clean cotton cloth and a big sieve)

 

Put two litres of water in a large pan and bring to the boil. Throw in the chopped rosehips, bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat, cover and leave to infuse for half an hour, stirring from time to time.

 

Strain the mixture through a jelly bag. (Alternatively, line a colander with a couple of layers of muslin and place over a large bowl. Tip in the rosehip mixture, and leave suspended over the bowl.)

 

Set the strained juice aside and transfer the rosehip pulp back to the saucepan, along with another litre of boiling water. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat, infuse for another half an hour and strain as before. Discard the pulp and combine the two lots of strained juice in a clean pan. Bring to the boil, and boil until the volume has decreased by half. Remove from the heat.

 

Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Return to the stove, bring to the boil and boil hard for five minutes. Pour into warmed, sterilised jars or bottles and seal.

 

· If you want to learn more about preserving, try the River Cottage Preserved event, which will equip you with the skills to make all manner of jams, jellies and chutneys. To learn more about wild ingredients, try one of the seasonal River Cottage Walk on the Wild Side: Herbal Hedgerows days, where guests forage for herbs, flowers and berries, before learning about their culinary, medicinal and cosmetic applications. See rivercottage.net for details.

Edited by GirlNextDoor

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thanks for sharing will have to look into it

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