Superb infographic by Grain, a non-profit organisation that supports small farmers and social movements for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. Now, local food is always a good idea, but you’ll really get motivated after reading the current situation in industrial farming and dito distribution. Issues with the food system on page one, solutions on page two. Spoiler alert: you and me are the key to positive change.
Rose hips contain a variety of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, iron, boron, chloride, copper, magnesium, silicon, sulphur and zinc. Yes, nutrients which are often deficient in our diet. Rose hips are also high in vitamins and when I’m at a safe distance from agriculture and traffic I often chew a couple away. Not necessarily the best taste you can imagine, but a healthy habit for sure. Also interesting are the somewhat softer rose hips. A bit the same stage as when you eat medlars. They are then puree-like, really sweet and tasty. I experienced no adverse impact from the consumption of rose hips at this stage. And who knows what the beneficial effects are!
Making tea fast
With tea, you also get a dose of minerals. However, vitamins and the many phytonutrients will be lost. I put the rose hips after picking in a dark, warm, dry place to dry. That way they will not have the chance of getting moldy or anything. After a week they are wrinkling, but not quite dry yet. I throw them in the blender and grind them to the stage as shown on the photo. Smells delicious! I spread the grit out and let it dry for a while, seeds included. Reportedly, this makes the tea somewhat bitter. The alternative is cutting the rose hips in half before grinding and remove the seeds. I didn’t notice any bitter taste, but that may be because the blender leaves the seeds intact.