Fall brings rose hips in my neighborhood. I love these plump orange/red fruits. Picked when ripe but juicy (left), these can be made into a fresh herbal tea. Picked when dried (right), or allowed to dry naturally, they can be stored for a teatime beverage in the wintertime. (The hips are high in Vitamin C.)
This was my first experience making fresh rose hip tea, and I'm not sure I've got it right just yet. Everything I read suggested that I needed to open the hip and remove the fuzzy seeds inside. I did this, more or less. What is your advice, is this necessary?
Also, I think I needed about double the amount of fruit, for a stronger brew. My herbal tea was delicious, but lightly flavored. With more fruit, it would brew faster and stronger.
The liquid itself was full of small filaments. I'm not sure if it was pulp or the fur from the few remaining seeds. Thoughts? A simple solution to this was to pour the liquid through a tea sock (cloth filter, but paper would work, too).
The flavor was delicately tart with a hint of sweetness and rosiness. I enjoyed and will definitely keep experimenting with the formula. I'd love to hear your advice!