Just Rosy: How to Make Rosehip Tea

Just Rosy: How to Make Rosehip Tea
I bet you’re familiar with the heady scent and sight of roses, but what about rosehips? Rosehips are the tiny fruits that form after a rose has been pollinated and the flower fades away. Showing up in late summer and early fall, they are berry sized and typically red or orange.
Rosehips are best enjoyed dried as a tea, adding a slightly tart layer to your brew. They are packed with vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties. I’m not a doctor, but I do know how to make a good cup of nourishing herbal tea. Let’s talk about how to make rosehip tea.

How to Make Rosehip Tea

The purest way to enjoy rosehips is steeped on their own and sipped mindfully. Luckily, Plum Deluxe has a Just Rosehips tea for you to play around with. This caffeine-free herbal tea is light with a hint of orange. You can follow the directions on the bag, steeping one teaspoon in eight ounces of water for four to seven minutes. Or, for a more beneficial brew, add a tablespoon or more and steep for at least ten minutes to extract the best of this herbal ally. I find this creates a stronger, deeper orange flavor. Check out How Long to Steep Herbal Tea to read more on the benefits of different steep times.
While you are welcome to fix up your cuppa however you like, I find that sweeteners hide the taste of rosehips, so I drink it plain. There are always ways to add flavor to a cup without adding sweetener. You can also try adding different fruit combinations. If you like sweet tea, try adding some honey.

Ways to Use Rosehip Tea

Rosehips can also be blended with other herbs and teas to create your own tea blend. Rosehips and hibiscus pair well together to make a tart, fruity brew full of antioxidants that would be good hot or cold. Just Ginger, Just Elderflower, or chamomile are also good options for blending. A spiced tea such as The Spice of Life would do well with a sprinkling of rose hips added in. Pick up a few individual herbs and play around to see what you like. You might find you really enjoy tea blending!
The fruity flavor of rosehips on it’s own or mingled with tart hibiscus makes a refreshing iced tea. I recommend hot brewing rosehip tea strong and cooling it down to get the most health benefits and flavor out of the fruit. Again, I like one tablespoon to eight ounces of boiling water. You'll want to use less hibiscus if you are adding it in. Try different combinations to see what fun flavors you can come up with.
Rosehips can be used in more than tea. I’ve mixed Just Rosehips with Just Elderberry into honey to make an infused honey that is packed full of immune system boosters. This honey can then be mixed into tea, hot water, smoothies, spread on toast, or taken by the spoonful when you start to feel run down.

Rosehip Tea Blends

Some of Plum Deluxe’s blends include rosehips as an ingredient. Cozy Tranquil Dream Herbal Tea is a combination of tart rosehips, orange, and hibiscus with a melange of lemongrass, chamomile, and spearmint. When I sip it, I taste an herbaceous blend with a focus on spearmint after steeping for the full recommended six minutes.
Plum Deluxe also adds rosehips to Tranquil Peach Herbal Tea, a peaceful peach chamomile blend. If you prefer a caffeinated tea, try Currant Conversation Oolong, where rosehips help add tartness to the vanilla and currant flavors. Looking to amp up the vitamin C? Then try making a pot of Tender Loving Care.
Now that you’ve learned how to make rosehip tea, play around with it! Whatever you create, you will get some lovely benefits and a good cup of tea.

Mary Hadzimichalis

Mary is a creative kitchen and garden witch with a passion for tea. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her husband and three cats. Her baking, creating, gardening, and women's healthcare advocacy can be followed on Instagram.
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