It is the fruit of the flower of love and it is this month’s (fruit of the) flower of the month September: Rosehip. This berry branch is an essential ingredient to any autumn bouquet or arrangement.
Rosehip grows on rose bushes after the roses have finished flowering. They begin to take shape after the successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer and ripen in late summer through autumn. Nowadays you do not see a lot of rosehips growing on rose bushes, because people tend to prune the faded rose blooms to encourage more flowers.
Besides being a great addition to an autumn bouquet or wreath they’re also great for making jam or tea, and they have medicinal powers. Rosehip is particularly high in Vitamin C. Do you want to boost your immune system? Or are you looking for something to counter nausea? Rosehip is the berry you need. Research shows that Rosehip extracts also can reduce arthritis pain.
Did you know that because oranges were hard to get in the UK during World War II people used rose hips to make vitamin C rich syrups? Click here to see how you can make your own rose hip syrup.
Did you know that the colour of the Rosehip depends on the type of rose? They are either red, black, purple or orange coloured. The berry branch exists in different shapes: elongated, bottle-shaped or round. They all have a crown at the bottom and are filled with orange flesh and seeds.
Since Rosehip grows on rose bushes their meaning must have to do something with love. That’s true: Rosehip symbolises waiting for that one true love. Isn’t that romantic?
Rosehip grows in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Over 2,000 years ago Rosehip was already a part of our diet. They made this discovery when they dug up a 2,000-year-old body in England with rosehip seeds in his long-decomposed stomach.
Rosehip is one of the (fruit of the) flowers that grows on British soil. Want to know more about when which British flowers are in season? Go and have a look at our British Flower Calendar.