If you've had a frost or two, it's time to get out and start gathering rose hips! There's some great info here about rose hips, and their uses.
Last year I picked about 4 or 5 cups of rose hips and made rose hip syrop. Sweet and tangy! Great on pancakes! It's high in vitamin C, full of antioxidants, and has it's own natural anti-inflamatory properties. And free! Gotta love free.
Be careful before you raid the neighbour's, or the city garden's rose bushes though. Who knows what kind of chemicals they may be sprayed with? Better ask first.
I get my rose hips right here in my own backyard. Wild roses bloom all summer long in the bush, so I try to make a mental note of where there are big bunches of them. Then I head out in the fall and pick off the rose hips.
So far this year I've only got a half a jar picked. But soon I will have enough for another batch of syrop.
Rose Hip Syrop
4 cups rose hips
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
Wash rose hips. Remove stems. Boil with water for 20 minutes in a covered saucepan. Strain juice into pot. Add sugar. Stir well. Boil five minutes.
More rose hip recipes here!