Rose Hips, (otherwise known as Rose Haw), are the fruit of the rose plant - the berries. Rose Hip colours range from orange to red, through to dark purple and black in some varieties. Rose hips can be used for jelly, syrup, soup, herbal tea, wine and marmalde just to name a few.
The rose hips can also be eaten raw if the hairs are removed from inside the fruit. Rose hips are rich in vitamin C and during the second World War the Times Newspaper published an article encouraging the British people to gather rose hips and make a vitamin C syrup for children as German submarines were sinking ships containing citrus fruits bound for the UK.
Rose hips are also commercially grown for the wholesale cut flower markets and are sold in wraps of 10 stems. Stem lengths are usually between 45-60cm depending on variety. Over the last few years rose hips have become very popular for Autumn and Winter wedding flowers.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut rose hips please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the rose hips in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the rose hips in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.