Well, well, well, the humble rose. I really have to say that I was not convinced of the usefulness, in a permaculture sense, of roses, however, I have found at least three things of use…
1. Good for bees
2. Good for little birds to hide and build their nests in
3. You can actually make useful things with them – rosehip syrup to name just one
4. OK, they smell and look great too…
My lovely friend Lesley White was here to stay for a few weeks, and after a couple of mentions of the lovely rosehips, we finally decided to look up a recipe and give making it a go.
So, we collected the rosehips.
We cleaned the rosehips and crushed them roughly.
We matched them weight for weight with sugar.
We brought them to the boil and let them simmer for 20 minutes.
We strained them.
We returned them to the pan, added more water, let them boil and simmer and reduced the liquid.
We let the liquid cool, strained and bottled it (OK, and spilled a bit too!)
This makes a fabulous syrup to use as cordial or on desserts etc, and you can control the sweetness too. The kids love it, I love it and it’s refreshing too!