FESTIVE ROSEHIP CENTREPIECE… AND ROSEHIP TEA!
Pretty red berries pack a punch, and a bouquet of rosehips are every bit as lovely as a bouquet of roses. Find a sparkly vintage jar, a string of fairy lights (look at the Dollar Store for battery-operated ones), and a length of ribbon to create a stylish centerpiece to brighten your table. A few sprigs of rosemary or cedar to will add a nice touch of contrast and round out the “bouquet”.
Hips are the berries of the rose plant, growing in late summer after the blooms die down. High in Vitamin C and antioxidants, rosehips have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Their tart, citrus-like flavour makes a delicious tea and is often paired with hibiscus for a refreshing, nourishing beverage. Dried rosehips can be found at the health food store, or collect and dry from your own garden.
To make Rosehip Tea
1 tsp dried rosehips or 1 tbsp fresh rosehips
8 oz boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the berries and let steep for a few minutes. If using fresh hips, strain to remove any seeds.