Rosehip and Hibiscus
Rose hips are simply the edible fruit of the rose plant and are common in our hedgerows. The hip is first green, then turns shades of orange and when fully ripe, a deep red. Your fingers may go deep red on the thorns that surround them too! Gathering them after the first frost is thought to be best as it softens the hip but I pick them as soon as the colour is right, they are worth the wrestle. Dry them thoroughly in sunshine for a couple of days or give them a little help in a low oven for a hour.
I can remember being given rosehip syrup as a child, the hips are full of VIT C and iron. They have been traditionally given to children for generations to boost their immunity. The rosehip itself is added to First Thyme infusions, not the syrup to be kind to little teeth.
Hibiscus you will not find in the hedgerows, it prefers more tropical climates. It combines well both in flavour and virtue with Rosehip as it too is rich in VIT C and has a glorious colour. It tastes a little like cranberry if you try it alone, the splash of sweet cherry we add at First Thyme combines with the herbs to make a wonderfully fruity drink.
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