The rose hip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the wild rose plant, that is typically red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn.

The best time to harvest rose hips is after the first frost in early autumn, when the sugar is concentrated in the fruit.

Rose hips can be used in jellies, jams, teas and chutneys, or as an imaginative substitute in BBQ Sauce.

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