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most recent 5 APR SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 2 APR by lbuzzell
Our rose society is beginning to focus a little more on practical uses of roses beyond their visual and aromatic beauty in the garden and vase, as there is quite an interest in culinary and even medicinal uses for rose petals and hips among younger gardeners. We haven't been able to find much information on best cultivars for tasty hips and petals on the internet, but are just beginning our search. And of course the roses also have to grow well in our coastal California climate, which limits the use of Rosa rugosa, which everyone recommends. Here are a few varieties we've heard of so far - and we'd love to hear suggestions of other roses which can offer tasty hips and petals as well as lovely blooms.
Altissimo - large hips, not sure of flavor
Bonica 82 - tasty hips if left on the rose til fall
Iceberg - hips but not sure of flavor
Julia Child - petals good in salads plus hips
Lady Hillingdon
Madame Berard - large hips, not sure of flavor
Montecito - large hips, not sure of flavor
Old Blush - hips, but not sure of flavor
Rosa rugosa ‘Magnifica’
Rosa californica 'First Dawn'
Rosa canina 'Laxa'
Sharon’s Delight (Moore mini-flora)
The Generous Gardener, Cl. (David Austin)
Winifred Coulter, Cl.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 5 APR by Margaret Furness
Lady Hillingdon, being triploid, doesn't set many hips.
Mme Gregoire Staechelin produces lots of hips - the one I tried wasn't nice, but it wasn't ripe.
The rose sold in the US as Mme Charles produces lots of hips. I haven't tasted them.
R roxburghii normalis produces hips with a wonderful scent (pineapple/passionfruit) but you'd have to deal with the spikes.
Be aware that R canina and the sweetbriar can become feral in climates that suit them.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 5 APR by lbuzzell
Thanks for this info, Margaret :)
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Discussion id : 7-206
most recent 17 NOV 04 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 17 NOV 04 by Dr Philippe GENTILHOMME
About Rose hips:
French scientific name is "cynorhodon" (fruit de la "rose des chiens"), or (popular) "gratte-cul" because the bristles of the seeds scratche the skin.
Also known as "chopécul" in Eastern France; traditionnally harvested to make a home made jam, some distilleries produce digestive spirits from (either wild or cultivated) Rose hips.
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Discussion id : 215
most recent 12 MAR 03 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 12 MAR 03 by Unregistered Guest
What are some uses for roses?
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 12 MAR 03 by Alex Sutton
[From Growing Old-Fashioned Roses, by Trevor Nottle, p. 8:] Ken Nobbs has been collecting wild roses and other hybrids which produce hips and has conducted extensive tests to ascertain which varieties are the best sources of a host of complex vitamins. Ken feels that roses provide a source of food that has the potential to develop into a new primary industry.
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