The skins of the rosehip fruit ensure a beneficial infusion, with a fresh, delicate and sweet taste – albeit with a slightly sour aftertaste. These high-quality rosehip peels are characterized above all by their high content of nutrients useful for our well-being. The dried product represents one of the richest plant sources of vitamins and antioxidant flavonoids. As an alternative to fresh fruits, which last a very limited period, the dried rosehip peel version is perfect for obtaining these bioactive compounds through the delicious infusion. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day, as a natural source of well-being.

Rosehip peel: properties and benefits

The fruit of the dog rose, the rosehip, has nutrients that provide support to the body, tonics in case of tiredness and low energy. Traditionally, rosehip infusion is useful for strengthening the immune system thanks to the vitamin C content of the peels, and other nutrients that improve our natural defenses. After a period of convalescence or during a limited diet, rose hips help to regain strength. It represents a valuable support, without weighing down the body: it provides the necessary substances as tonics.

In particular, rosehip shells or peels have been indicated as a rich source of carotenoids - precursors of vitamin A - and tocopherols with vitamin E. In addition to minerals such as zinc and copper, and other trace elements and lycopene, the red plant pigment that acts as an antioxidant. The antioxidants contained in rosehip peels or rinds become a concentrate of well-being to counteract free radicals and their negative action on our cells. The antioxidant flavonoids and polyphenols of rose hips are considered anti-aging compounds, which particularly protect the skin.

Furthermore, the infusion of rosehip peel helps the regularity of intestinal transit and is a beneficial drink for the digestive system. It counteracts constipation and water retention, given that its activity is also diuretic. An advantageous infusion for detoxification during detox diets, promoting the elimination of excess fluids.

Origins and history of cultivation

The history of the dog rose derives from that of the rose, a plant known throughout the world but originally from Asia. It is one of the oldest species, considering that there are now thousands of species of roses in botany from all over the world.
The dog rose is very common in Italy where it is also called wild rose or scrub rose . The rose hips are its fruits, or rather the false fruits of this rose, given that the real ones are represented by the small achenes inside, each of which contains a single seed.
The rose hips develop from the tip of the stem, which enlarges to enclose the hairy achenes. The skin of the rosehip is smooth and initially green, then takes on orange shades until fully ripe, in which it becomes an intense red pseudo-fruit.
The dog rose was called this in ancient times, probably believing that it could cure the bite of the rabid dog. Appreciated for its medicinal qualities, rosehip-based remedies have been known since ancient times. In the Middle Ages it began to be cultivated in monastery gardens. Due to its high vitamin C content, discovered in modern times, it was also used as a substitute for citrus fruits in England, during the Second World War, to avoid scurvy. Even today, rosehip is highly appreciated, the reason for the cultivation of many species. It can be harvested until late November, and the ripeness of the rosehip skin can be recognized as it softens to the touch.

The process to obtain the peels is complex, since it is necessary to remove every part (stem, base of the flower and seeds). The hairs inside the fruit capsule are irritating to the skin, which is why you need to wear gloves. The skin of the rosehip is then dried to obtain the infusion historically known as a bladder and kidney cleanser.

At a food level, rosehip is a traditional Northern European food for creating syrups, infusions, jams, sauces and for rosehip wine (obtained from syrups). Also used as an ingredient for soups and typical dishes, the dog rose fruit helped against colds and winter ailments. Several recipes were also dedicated to skin renewal and support during convalescence.

Plant and fruit

Rosa canina L. is a plant that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It is one of over three hundred species and thousands of cultivars of the Rose, and appears as an irregular shrub. It grows up to about three meters in height as a climber, spontaneously along paths and banks, in hedges and at the edges of woods.
It shows long branches that arch, carrying an abundance of flowers. It blooms between the end of April and July, with slightly scented white or pale pink flowers. When they decay, in autumn, the fruit of the dog rose is harvested and prepared.
Rose hips develop from the tip of the stem, with the flower receptacle enlarging to enclose the hairy achenes. The skin of the rosehip is smooth and initially green, then takes on orange hues until fully ripe, when it becomes an intense red pseudo-fruit.

Nutritional values of rosehip

Rosehip is rich in vitamins C, A, D and E, including carotenoids and tocopherols. In addition, it gives plant acids and fatty acids such as linoleic acid and linolenic acid, galactolipids. Contains several antioxidant flavonoids, pectides and minerals (including iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus).
How to use rosehip peels in the infusion
The infusion is obtained by placing approximately 3-5 grams of the x mixture with 100% water in a cup (250 ml). °C. Leave to infuse for 8 to 10 minutes before drinking. Add honey or sugar, if desired.

Rosehip peel: side effects and contraindications

There are no known particular contraindications linked to the intake of rose hips but to avoid unwanted effects it is necessary to respect the recommended doses; do not exceed in the consumption of rosehip infusion (every day on average 2 cups). If consumed in excess, rosehip side effects may include gastrointestinal problems, nausea, heartburn, headache. Caution advised for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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