toothed compound leaves
white or pink five petaled flowers (often with the classic
red-orange berries, known as 'rosehips'
are an important nectar source for bees
are a very important berry for a number of bird
species, especially during late fall - early winter
peoples often used this plant thoroughly, from peeling the
roots to the nutritious rosehips
Utah settlers often made rosehip jelly, as they would do
with many Eastern US species.
are tart and tasty, but full of furry seeds and have a fiberous
texture as they age. They mature in Mid-August but remain
on the shrub through winter. Not astringent and very high
in Vitamin C they are a nutricious and numerous trailside
snack. They make excellent jelly, syrup and even a sweet and
sour tea when found dry in winter. Rose petals are also edible
but not very interesting eaten straight; they make good flavoring
for syrup and vinegar.
bloom early Summer and flavored best before midday, rosehips
mature in Mid-August.
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