Rose hip Syrup | Making it, enjoying it!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


With so many hedgerows around our home I decided that this year I'd make more of the fruits they have to offer.

Rose hips were in plentiful supply, so I spent a rather soggy afternoon gathering enough to make a good quantity of rose hip syrup.

I used the River Cottage recipe.

I collected 1kg of rosehips which produced almost 500ml of syrup. It was rather therapeutic whizzing them up in batches. I added 1.25 litres water, bought the mixture to the boil, and let it simmer for 15 minutes.

I then strained the mixture through two layers of muslin (two layers to be sure to get rid of the little hairs), leaving this to sit for 30 minutes so all the juice drained through.

Next I added 325g sugar, and heated this slowly until all the sugar had dissolved. Once done, I decanted this gorgeous looking liquid into a swing top bottle. It'll keep for four months in the fridge, although I doubt it will last anywhere near that long.


For my first taste I added a glug to plain (soya) yogurt, and topped with apple chunks. Verdict: lovely!

Rose hips contain twenty times more vitamin C than oranges, so they can help ward off a cold in winter, a teaspoon daily is enough or you can mix it with water like a cordial. It makes a tasty refreshing drink - fruity and sweet.


The next morning I enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes, replacing my usual maple syrup with rose hip. It gave a slightly tangy fruity taste, a nice change from the norm. Verdict: Delicious, I wanted seconds! I can see myself happily starting the day this way for a while.


I've found a lovely dairy free vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of rose hip syrup gave it a fruity twist. I added some blackberries that were a tiny bit sour, the syrup sweetened them just enough.



Apparently it's good with rice pudding too (one of my favourites) but I've yet to investigate a dairy free version. I could always make my own, and I can imagine the addition of rosehip syrup would be delicious. My porridge is also going to be rose hipped the next time I make it.

You can use it to sweeten and add flavour to tea but I love my teas exactly as they are (I gave up sweetening my tea when I found ants in the sugar bowl on a Brownie camp when I was about ten years old).

At this rate my bottle won't last nearly long enough, so I might just have to venture out again to gather more for a second batch. And when that's gone I'll look forward to making more next year, it can be my annual autumn sweet treat!

Have you made or tried rose hip syrup - how do you use it?

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14 comments

  1. How funny, I made the same recipe last week & was about to share the recipe as well! I haven't used the syrup yet, though I am thinking of using it as a hot drink during the GBBO tonight. One of my favorite teas is rosehip & hibiscus, which is very popular in Germany and is called Hagebutten Tee. I'm hoping the syrup will taste a bit like it.

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    1. Oh do share, I'd love to read how you got on. I hadn't thought to add hot water - I think that would be really nice! Fingers crossed it's as good as you hope.

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  2. What a gorgeous colour that syrup has! As there are so many ways you can use this, I'm sure that bottle won't last long. Yummy! xxx

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    1. It really won't last! I'm slightly obsessed with it.

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  3. I've never tried rosehip syrup before but it sounds so yummy, and with it being so plentiful on the hedgerows at the moment, you're right, it's a shame to pass it up! I may have to go on a foraging spree of sorts... Before we moved, our landlady used to go and collect sloe berries and make gin with them each winter, so I need to get back into foraging and making some treats, as they always taste better. Will definitely have to keep my eye out for some of these and try making it now. The pancakes with this as a drizzle looked amazing! - Tasha

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    1. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, however I'm eating it. Definitely get out there and get foraging!
      I have some sloe gin that I made last year, but I still need to get out there and collect more for another batch. I also have blackberry and elderberry gin 'brewing'.

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  4. I've had rose hip tea (lovely!) but never syrup. I'm not a sweet tooth but poured over some natural yogurt, that sounds heavenly. The colour is gorgeous. xxx

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    1. The colour is lovely, isn't it.
      It is sweet, but not in an overly, sickly way - it tastes very natural.

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  5. I haven't even been out to pick blackberries yet this year. This looks amazing, I need to find some rose hips!

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    1. you do! I'm telling everyone that :)

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  6. I've never tried rose hip syrup but after this, I can honestly say I'm tempted, especially the bit about vitamin c and staving off colds. After a couple of rough ones, I'm slightly obsessed, especially when people with streaming noses come anywhere near me! :) xxx

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    1. a teaspoon a day is very good for you!

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  7. It looks really lovely in the bottle and to think that's it's actually good for you, fingers crossed that you don't get any colds now this winter. It's something I've never made myself.

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    1. It's the first time I've ever made it and I have to admit I'm a little obsessed with it!
      I find that I hardly ever get a cold these days, I think it' has a lot to do with working from home and having limited contact with other humans ;)

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