Rose hips are as close as your garden or flower bed. Harvest these, little gems, just after the first frost allowing their starches to turn to sugar. If the hips freeze solid and then thaw, the taste is very unpleasant. Make sure that the rose plants have not been treated with chemicals before you harvest.
Rose Hips are a reddish seed pod that developes after the rose head has withered, as long as it has not been dead headed.
They make a wonderful comforting and stimulating tea during the cold months. A rose hip tea is not only tangy-fruity beverage but also an excellent source of Vitamin C.
To make 2 cups of tea, place 2 TBS of rose hips in a teapot, pour 2 cups boiling water, cover with lid, and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain, pour and sweeten with honey. You can also add rose hips to other tea combinations.