Rosehip Jelly – Recipe

A perfect recipe to keep coughs and colds at bay as rosehips contain 30 times more vitamin C than an orange. If it wasn’t pouring of rain outside I would be out there picking them this instant. Incidentally, the roots of wild roses are also a cure for the bite of a mad dog!! should you happen to come across one.

photo kanshiketsu

photo kanshiketsu

Rosehip Jelly

500 g (1lb 2 oz) ripe rosehips (stems removed)

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 kg (2lb 4oz) crab or cooking apples

caster sugar

  • wash and drain and chop the rosehips (be careful of the tiny spines inside which can get under the skin and be a pain)
  • put the rosehips into a saucepan with the lemon juice and chopped apples (include the cores, pips and skin)
  • bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes
  • mash everything up
  • pour into a jelly bag or muslin lined sieve (or if you don’t have anything so fancy then try some nylon tights. You need a fine mesh to filter the spines)
  • leave overnight to drip
  • return the liquid to a pan and add 450 g (1lb) sugar for ever 1 pint of liquid
  • stir over a low heat until the liquid dissolves
  • increase the heat and boil rapidly for 5 – 10 minutes
  • test for a set (stick a bit on a cold plate and see if it wrinkles)
  • if it doesn’t set continue boiling and try again.
  • remove the mixture from the heat, skim off any scum and pour into warm sterilised jars.
  • it will keep for up to a year.
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3 thoughts on “Rosehip Jelly – Recipe

  1. Go one better ‘n try ‘Elderberry Rob’.
    Elderberry Rob is an old traditional recipe, used as a warming treatment for coughs and colds. It also possibly has antiviral and immune-enhancing properties. ~ just needs a bit of effort to make & with an infinitely more effective result than the stuff that comes in a box ‘over the counter’.

  2. It is.
    In my current hour of need, it’s been like rocket fuel & I’m rapidly down to the dregs of the stoppered bottle. I won’t look down on an elderberry bush ever again.

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