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« on: October 20, 2010 09:49:31 AM »

This is my first post in the cooking section.  Smiley


In northern New Mexico, in the Jemez mountains, on the banks of Conchas Creek, grows the most amazing wild roses. But if you make it to the Jemez mountains go in the fall, first and foremost for the changing Aspen leaves but also because all those roses become wild rosehips.


We havent gone wild rose hip picking since I was a kid but, my mom and I have been talking about them for a wile now and we all decided to go on a day hike/luncheon picnic/rosehip picking outing. My parents DH  and I (along with my moms Rat Terrier Jackie) all went and had a great time. There were so many rosehips this year. It took us all day to do the 6 mile (roundtrip) hike because of all the stops to pick and take pictures.


Rosehips taste great but they are also chuck full of vitamin C. One site I read says that rosehips have more vitamin C that an orange. Anyway, when we have them they are a staple during cold season. And boy do we have them this year. These were just the ones I took after my mom and I split them. All we do is lay them on a piece of paper towel for a couple days to dry but we also live in a dry dry climate.



So after this weekends bountiful rose hip hunting expedition I decided to make rose hip candy. Here is how it went. I found the recipe here http://homecooking.about.com/od/candyrecipes/r/blfruit13.htm

The first step is the hardest most time consuming part. I had to de-seed the rosehips.

After much trial and error (and failure) I found the best way for me was to cut the hip in half and using a dull butter knife scrape out the seeds. Did I mention this is time consuming. The recipe calls for 1 cup de-seeded rose hips, this cup took me an hour. Here is what my hour got me.


I should also mention that the seeds are surrounded by a sort of fuzz that itches when it comes in contact with he skin. Think peach fuzz made of splintered steal. But it wiped off easily with a damp paper towel and didn't leave a rash or anything.

Then I cooked the rose hips in 3tbs water and 1/3 cup sugar. I had to stir constantly too keep them coated but it took just about 5 minutes for them to cook. This is when they started smelling amazing.

(The recipe calls for 2tbs and 2tsp water. I goggled it and there are only 3 teaspoons in a tablespoons. I figured 1/3 tbs extra water wouldn't hurt and I was right. So for the lazy like me, feel free to use 3 tbs.)

At this point I had a sticky mass of rosehips. I picked up a spoon full, and separated them with a fork into a pan full of sugar. Then I shook them around to coat them. I had to stop occasionally to keep separating them, but this part was not hard.


Then I laid them on some aluminum foil to dry (we didn't have wax paper).


And viola! Remember all that complaining I did about de-seeding? Totally worth it. They taste like candied ambrosia. I'm already working on a second batch. Maybe a third. Can't stop eating them.
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010 11:20:11 AM »

What a gorgeous way to spend a day--and come out with a tasty treat!

I actually had no idea that anything could be made from rosehips other than maybe tea...wow
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010 11:52:26 AM »

Wow.... They look amazing and I can only imagine what they taste like! I will need to find rose hips, but once I do, I am going to try this! Thank you for this ingenious idea!
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010 12:09:00 PM »

Awesome! I so want to try this.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010 12:17:09 PM »

I just have to say this is super cool! I had no idea what a rose hip actually was! After seeing your post I had to do some more reading about them and found this on the rose hip wiki:
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The fine hairs found inside rose hips are used as itching powder.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010 12:20:15 PM »

oh wow--more fun uses! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010 03:10:34 PM »

Wow, I've never seen them used this way before! I usually boil them down to make a sweet syrup or jelly. A word to the wise to anybody intending to make these, it is REALLY important that you remove those fine hairs, if you eat them they'll do bad things to your gut!

These look delicious, I know what i'm doing next time i collect some rosehips Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2010 04:05:24 PM »

What fun! Thank you for sharing! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2010 12:59:20 PM »

wowee! i have an enormous dogrose in our backgarden which is chock full of hips right now!!!

looks like i'm going a-harvesting tomorrow Grin
thankyou so much!
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2010 08:44:24 AM »

Amazing location, amazing rose hips and fabulous looking candies. Great first cooking post!

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