Rosehips are great sources of vitamin C and are great for preventing colds. (Image: Corri Seizinger / stock.adobe.com)
Rosehips provide vitamin C and antioxidants
Healthy rose hips have been established in herbal medicine since the Middle Ages. The delicious fake fruits are distinguished above all by their high vitamin C content. Among other things, they can be used to prevent diseases such as the common cold.
Regarding the topic of rose hips, many people remember their childhood when they met the less pleasant “itchy powder” of the fruit of red rose hips. Strictly speaking, rose hips are just fake fruit, the Bremen Consumption Center explains in a recent press release. The local superfood is a great supplier of vitamin C and can help boost the immune system.
Meet daily vitamin C requirements
Rosehips have a lot to offer. They are rich in vitamins C, B and in the precursor of vitamin A. “Even 50 g of rosehips cover the daily requirement of vitamin C”, explains Sonja Pannenbecker, food and nutrition consultant at the Bremen consumption center. Benedictine Hildegard von Bingen already knew that rosehips can strengthen the immune system and prevent colds, reports the Federal Nutrition Center (BZfE).
Rosehips also provide minerals such as iron and magnesium. As if that weren’t enough to qualify as a superfood, the dummy fruit also contains antioxidants. These protect cells from free radicals. According to the Consumer Advisory Center, one more reason to include them in the recommended “3 plus 2” servings of vegetables and fruit per day.
Collect local superfoods yourself
The rose hips are the fruit of various species of wild roses such as the potato rose and the rose hips. According to the consumer association, all types of roses can be harvested, but the fruits of potatoes and rosehips are the most common. According to the BZfE, rose hips can be harvested from the wild until November. The fruits are ripe when they can be picked without any problem and the skin leaves room for light pressure from the fingers.
Remove the hairs
“The seeds and especially the hairs called itch powder should be removed during preparation,” advises Pannenbecker. “They have small beards and can irritate the skin and mucous membranes.” To do this, the buds, nuts and stems are simply removed before preparation.
If it takes too long for you, you can also cook the fruit and rub it through a fine sieve. Thus, disturbing hairs, shells and seeds are sieved. If the mass is very thick, it is better to dilute it a little, then the process is easier.
This then creates the basis for many delicious rosehip dishes. “My favorite is the rosehip fruit spread. But I also like to cook ‘Nyponsoppa’, a Swedish rosehip soup, ”says Pannenbecker. To do this, the rosehip butter is boiled with a little sugar and then thickened with potato starch. It is often served with a garnish of whipped cream and slivered almonds.
Rosehip butter is also suitable for preparing fruity sauces and desserts as well as jams. Or you can use it to make a delicious chutney. Along with onions and quinces, porridge makes a wonderful fall spread or dip. (a d)
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