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Food on Friday ~ Rosehips

rose hips are the fruit of the flower of love

no matter what they say, rose hips are indeed a fruit

High summer presses its heat and humidity down on us, and yet in England the hedgerows are already beginning to ripen with wild harvest.  One of the hedgerow’s natural bounties is the false fruit of the dog rose, (rosa canina), more commonly known in England as rose hips.

p1050177You can do a lot of stuff with rose hips, from making syrups and jams, to my preferred use which is to make a tincture of rose hips and rosemary in apple cider vinegar.  As well as sweetening and adding taste to the cider vinegar. the rose hips also add diuretic, lithontriptic, and mild laxative qualities to your brew.  As for rosemary, this stuff is almost a cure-all.  I just add an odd number of fresh sprigs to the bottle, (for good fortune it must be an odd number.)

The finished product, (ready in about 6 weeks and will keep for a year or a lot longer), is a great basis for a salad dressing.  Diluted in water it is also a first class tonic and as part of a whole-body cleanse.  There may be no truth whatsoever in the persistent rumour that this concoction is a very potent female aphrodisiac.  However, it is well known to be a cure for practically whatever that ails you.

You can also make a true tincture of rose hips using medicinal alcohol, (or vodka).  For those of us with a real taste for booze, just make a rose hip brandy or vodka.  I have even heard of rose hip gin, and although I’ve never tasted it, I have it on very good authority, from a very close friend, that this booze is the bomb.

The dog rose is an important plant to the herbalist, because the leaves, petals, and hips all have their uses.  In a hedgerow, the plant may reach six feet or more in height, its flowers can be anything from white to a delicate pink, and if will guard its bounty with some particularly persistent thorns.  (You can also use the hips, leaves, and petals of the cultivated rose, but I would look for a rose variety that’s as close to the wild rose as possible.)

Some say that you must be very careful when picking fruits, berries, and salad leaves from the wild ~ the uninitiated may pick themselves a deadly poison.  And that everything belongs to somebody, so be discreet.  All I know is that the mixture of rose hips, rosemary, and organic apple cider vinegar is as near to a sorcerer’s brew as anything I know.

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canina1jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

a rose by any other name is still as sweet

even if it’s a dog

The Medicinal Rose

Not All Roses Are The Same.

Red_RoseSome say that one should never use garden hybrid roses for medicinal purposes.  And, that there are more than 300 active compounds present in roses, of which only about 100 have been identified.  All I know is that medicinal preparations from any rose can have strong and immediate effects on some people, especially women.

The good witch or experienced herbalist will try to find a true wild rose for medicinal use.  There are many species of wild rose, but they are all easy to identify.  Every wild rose has exactly five petals, and almost all of them are pink shading to white.  They also tend to be leggy and straggling in form, extremely hardy, and likely to thrive on total neglect.  There are also some ‘nearly wild’ roses which are just as good as the true wild rose for the herbalist, but are much more suitable for the average garden.

Here in England the good witch or experienced herbalist will preferentially use the true wild rose, the dog rose, rosa canina, for medicinal purposes.  The thing is, unless you have a huge estate, you’re not going to plant this vigourous thing.  Luckily it does grow wild all over in England, especially in mature hedgerows.

However, if one has a largish garden one can plant the Japanese wild rose, rosa rugosa instead.  This is still a very strong growing shrub, but it’s more manageable than the dog rose, and you still get great hips.

Another great medicinal rose is the aptly named apothecary’s rose, rosa gallica.  This is another wild rose, basically from France.

In North America there are dozens of species of wild rose, all of which have been used by Native American tribes in medicine and magic.  In addition, many other species roses have naturalised into the American landscape, so sometimes it’s difficult to know which is a true American wild rose, and which is an introduction.  It doesn’t really matter.  If a rose has five petals and is pink or shading to white, then it’s a good medicinal plant.

nearly-wildHowever, if you are growing an apothecary’s garden, a herb garden, or a medicine garden, then perhaps the rose nearly wild in whatever variety you can find it would be your best choice.  It’s compact, has a long flowering season, and is close enough to the species wild rose to be ideal as a medicinal plant.  This rose is also readily available from specialist rose nurseries all over the world.

Almost every part of the rose has therapeutic uses.  The petals can be used to make rose petal tea or an unusual scented jam, or rose water hydrosol, or what about a rose, cardamom, and ginger body soak?  The rose hips can be added to organic cider vinegar to make a great salad dressing / tonic, and the leaves make a kind of substitute coffee.  If you dry the leaves you can smoke them ~ and I have no idea what that’s like.

dscf0012The main active effects of rose preparations are; laxative, opthalmic, diuretic, and linthontriptic, (removes kidney stones).   There are many benefits of using the rose as a medicinal plant, and some potential downsides.  Some people feel ill after ingesting rose medicines / tea, and some people feel mild hallucinogenic effects.  As I have already said, there are at least 300 active compounds in the rose and we only know what about 100 of them are, let alone what they actually do ~ weird.

If in doubt of any herbal preparation, then try just a little, in a very diluted form ~ especially if you are a woman.  And if you are either pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, then take specialist advice from your doctor or an expert herbalist before using any herbal / medicinal plant product.

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dog-roseAphrodite’s Herbalist, jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

aphrodite

Food on Friday #48 ~ Apples

I know a girl who doesn’t really like apples.  Well, she is from California.

Apples are such an English thing.  But what can one do with an apple, other than peel it?  You would be surprised what a brilliant addition apples can make to a hell heck of a lot of dishes.

For a start apples make cider, and one can do a hell heck of a lot with cider.  First up this week we have maple apple cider from the very cute Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.

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Maple Apple Cider

Also from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest there’s crockpot cider braised short ribs with sage butter mashed potatoes.  Very nice and very nourishing on a cold autumn evening.  And, following last week’s Food on Friday you should all know just exactly where your slow cooker is.

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Crockpot  Braised Short Ribs with Sage Butter Mashed Potatoes

There are thousands and thousands of recipes for food and drinks involving cider, but with Halloween coming up, here’s something only a real witch could drink.  From KC’s Bookshelf, via hocuspocus13, we have this stupifying concoction, a perfect fall wine.  This recipe includes the superfood beet juice.  (On your own head be it.)

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A Perfect Fall Wine

Cider will eventually turn into apple cider vinegar, (cyder).  This stuff is excellent in so may ways, but you should really look for the genuine organic article.  My friend in Orange County swears by Bragg organic raw apple cider vinegar.  Want to turn your apple cider vinegar into a perfect basis for a salad dressing and a complete restorative body-cleanser and cure-all?  Well then, make a tincture of apple cider vinegar with rose hips and rosemary.  I’m lucky, I can collect great wild rose hips and rosemary right near the garret.

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Apple Cider Vinegar with Rose Hips and Rosemary

I couldn’t possibly do a post about apples without including an apple pie, and this apple cranberry pie from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower looks delicious.  Sadly, I have a complete blind spot when it comes to baking, so I may not ever try this wonderful recipe.  Also from Andrea we have a great autumn breakfast; pumpkin Dutch baby pancake with caramelised brown sugar apples.  Nice.

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Apple Cranberry Pie

There’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that says I can’t bake.  Maybe I should try.  Maybe I should try this recipe from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes ~ a wonderful apple coffee cake.  Never even heard of this, but it looks delicious, and I so like the idea of using apples in a cake.  Apples seem so much better than the idea of carrots in baking!

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Apple Coffee Cake

It’s autumn, and for a lot of us that means soup. Heather Christo has this parsnip, apple soup with bacon fried apples, you could turn this into a vegan dish by missing out the bacon.  I love parsnips, and I’m going to make this soup over the weekend.

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Parsnip, Apple Soup with Bacon Fried Apples

Even though this dish from The Kale Box is called pumpkin spiced fall medley, it’s less pumpkin and more sweet potato and apples, which suits me fine.  Looks a great change from our average vegetable side dishes.

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Pumpkin Spiced Fall Medley

This next recipe may only use a couple of apples, but I tried this last Sunday, and you can take it from me, those apples make all the difference in the world.  For a dish with a truly international flavour, English girl Amanda, who lives in rural France, offers us Tuscan roast pork, from her site Chez Le Rêve Francais.  I love Tuscany, and I loved making and eating this dish.  (I must admit that these days I roast everything inside a roasting bag, which means that I retain a lot of juices with the meat, which always make a fabulous sauce.)

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Tuscan Roast Pork

And finally for this week, from Cookie and Kate, (Cookie is the dog), we have a vegan recipe for apple steel cut oatmeal.  In England we call this porridge, and I’m not usually a fan.  This looks like a great breakfast.

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Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal

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liebster-12A big big thank you to all the great cooks featured this week.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Medicinal Plants ~ Rosehips

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Autumn is upon us, and in England the hedgerows are full wild harvest.  One of these is the false fruit of the dog rose, (rosa canina), more commonly known in England as rose hips.

p1050177You can do a lot of stuff with rose hips, from making syrups and jams, to my preferred use which is to make a tincture of rose hips and rosemary in apple cider vinegar.  As well as sweetening and adding taste to the cider vinegar. the rose hips also add diuretic, lithontriptic, and mild laxative qualities to your brew.  As for rosemary, this stuff is almost a cure-all.  I just add an odd number of fresh sprigs to the bottle, (it must be an odd number.)

The finished product, (ready in about 6 weeks and will keep for a year or more), is a great basis for a salad dressing.  Diluted in water it is also a first class tonic and as part of a whole-body cleanse.  There is no truth whatsoever in the rumour that this is a female aphrodisiac.  However, it is supposed to be a cure for practically whatever that ails you.

You can also make a true tincture of rose hips using medicinal alcohol, (or vodka).  For those of us with a real taste for booze, just make a rose hip brandy or vodka.  I have even heard of rose hip gin, although I’ve never tasted it.

The dog rose is an important plant to the herbalist, because the leaves, petals, and hips all have their uses.  In a hedgerow, the plant may reach six feet or more in height, its flowers can be anything from white to a delicate pink, and if will guard its bounty with some particularly persistent thorns.  (You can also use the hips, leaves, and petals of the cultivated rose, but I would look for a rose variety that’s as close to the wild rose as possible.)

The mixture of rose hips, rosemary, and organic apple cider vinegar is as near to a sorcerer’s brew as anything I know.

~

canina1jackcollier7@talktalk.net

liebster-12

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