Rose hip is the aggregate fruit of the rose plant. It consists of several dry fruitlets which are enclosed by the enlarged, fleshy floral cups which are usually red in colour. It is often used for jelly or tea. Rose hips are also known as rose haw. It is a pomaceous fruit.
These fruits are begun to form in spring season and they ripen in late summer through autumn. There are various health benefits of rosehips. They contain vitamin C, some vitamin A and B, essential fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids
It can be used for many things. With the help of rose hips herbal tea, jam, jelly, syrup, soup, beverages, pies, bread, wine, and marmalade are prepared. There are some species of rose which are grown specifically for the ornamental value of their hips, the example of such rose is Rosa moyesii.
In order to treat pet chinchillas, these are becoming extremely popular. Vitamin C is not manufactured by the Chinchillas and they lack the proper internal organs and are therefore unable to process many Vitamin C rich foods. Sugarless, safe way to increase the Vitamin C intake of chinchillas and guinea pigs is provided by Rosehips. These are also used to feed horses.
Following is the scientific classification of rosehip
- Kingdom – Plantae, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Rosids
- Order – Rosales
- Family – Rosaceae
- Subfamily – Rosoideae
- Genus – Rosa
- Botanical Name – Rosa Canina