Rose hips are the fruit
(seed and seed
casing) of the rose plant
s exist to produce fruit, they smell good and have bright colors in order to attract pollinator
s to assist in the process. The roses we love are there, from the plants perspective, to produce rose hips in order to reproduce.
Hips are red or orange and have many uses. They are high in Vitamin C
, they have a sweet/tart flavor and can be used fresh, dried, or preserved. Rose hip tea, syrup, puree, jam, jelly, and sauce are all delicious. They are a source of food
. Rose water is made from hips and is a fragrant tonic. They are used in some cosmetic
Some roses are grown specifically for their hips, with the flowers being a small bonus
. Other roses are constantly deadhead
ed to induce continual bloom and no hips are produced.