Homemade rosehip syrup is one of the treats of foraging in Autumn/fall. This sweet syrup is full of vitamin C and tastes delicious too and with only 2 ingredients and easy to make it is a winner! Use it to ward off colds, add it to cocktails and pour over pancakes and ice cream too.
These are the fruits of wild roses and they appear in the hedgerows in late summer/autumn once the roses themselves have died back. They are bright red when they are ripe and full of little seeds.
Rosehips also have a funny furry type inside and this was once used as itching powder!
Rosehips are seriously good for you as they contain 5 times more vitamin C than an orange! They also contain Vitamins A, D (the sunshine vitamins we very often lack in the winter months) and vitamin E, as well as antioxidants.
Back when I was a child rosehip syrup was often doled out every morning in winter to ward off colds as it does work and tastes good so children will willingly take it.
Rosehips are just one of the many wonderful wild fruits that are available in autumn in our hedgerows. For more of my fun foraging recipes check out my Foraging Section.
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Ingredients for rosehip syrup
There are only 2 ingredients in my homemade rosehip syrup – rosehips and sugar.
That’s it folks!
How to make rosehip syrup
It’s really to make this rosehip syrup. You don’t need to faff about removing the seeds or anything like that.
Simply chop off the ends of the rosehips and chuck the rest into a food processor and pulse to break them up.
Bring to the boil with 750ml of water then simmer for 15 minutes.
Now you have to strain the cooked rosehips through a sieve lined with muslin twice. Why do this twice? Because to get a nice clear rosehip syrup and to get this you want to remove all the tiny little bits and pieces in the rosehip juice that can sneak through the first time you sieve it.
For every 500ml of rosehip juice, you have use 350g of sugar and simply heat in a pan till the sugar has dissolved then boil for 3 minutes.
Pour your rosehip syrup into a sterilised bottle. Check out my post here on how to sterilise glassware.
How to use rosehip syrup
Don’t just think of this tasty and colourful rosehip syrup as something to serve to kids to avoid a cold in winter. Yes , it is good for that but it is so tasty you can serve it in lots of other ways too.
Have it as part of a cocktail in a rosehip martini. Or just add to a gin and tonic for a bit of Autumnal fun.
Serve your rosehip syrup over ice-cream or Greek yogurt for an instant dessert.
Just add soda water for a refreshing drink.
Use rosehip syrup to serve over pancakes and waffles instead of the usual maple syrup.
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Homemade Rosehip Syrup
- 500 g rosehips
- 250 g sugar
- Cut the tufty ends off the rosehips and blitz in food processor till roughly chopped
- Add to a pan with 750ml water bring to boil then simmer for 20 minutes
- Strain the rosehips through a muslin lined sieve twice to remove all solids
- Measure the juice and for every 500ml of juice use 325g of sugar
- Heat gently till the sugar has completely dissolved then boil for about 3 minutes
- Pour the rosehip syrup into sterilised bottle