We were happy to see our rose plant producing fruit – rose hip. So far, we have not successfully grown rose plants from the rose hip; I understand the seeds can take months to germinate. I read that the rose hip can be eaten raw, and be used to make herbal teas. We have never tried it.
According to this website, rose hips are the best plant source of vitamin C; they contain 50% more vitamin C than oranges. And because of the high vitamin C content, they are an excellent immune system booster, and are often used as a supplement to prevent or treat a cold.Rose hip – which can be used as a laxative, is also used to treat skin ailments, to help the immune system to fight infections, and to treat wounds and inflammations.
Rose hip is also rich in a variety of antioxidants – carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins and catechins; and is therefore considered to be a good cancer preventative. These same antioxidants are also used to prevent against cardiovascular disease.