Sunday, December 06, 2009

My First Homemade Rose Hip Tea

Yes, I did it! I just tasted my very first homemade rose hip tea. And it tasted OK. :D

But look at the color. My tea didn't get any redder than this. Is the store-bought rose hip tea artificially colored or something?

The biggest problem was... it took SOOOO long for the flavor to come out from the dried rose hips. The tea was already cold by the time it got enough flavor, so I ended up pouring everything into a sauce pan and heating it on the stove to drink the tea warm.

Well, well... I'm satisfied that I completed the project. But I'm not sure if I want to do this again. There are many other foods that are rich in Vitamin C, after all, and think about all those scraping and cleaning that you have to do to make this herbal tea...


debbie said...

Wow, I've never tried that before - does it taste 'flowery'? I'm not fond of drinking/eating things that remind me of perfume. haha even if its just in my mind, if you know what I mean. Haha but it is lovely to have all these mini projects to 'obsess' over isn't it? Or is that just me? ; )

K and S said...

hmm, I wonder if you have to dry it longer? still, glad you were able to do this.

Mercedes Blackswan said...

It's probably hibiscus flowers that give the reddish tinge! Once I bought an infusion from Twinings, I think it was Lemonsomething and I certainly didn't expect it to be red! I thought it would stay yellowish ^^; so I looked at the ingredients and lo and behold, there were the hibiscus flowers :D

Ea Ejersbo said...

When we make rose hip tea in Denmark we normally use powdered dried rose hips, so if you can dry them out properly perhaps you could try that? You can dry the rose hips in a very low oven (max. 50 degrees Centigrade and fully open ventilation) overnight.

Lin Georgina Green said...

I LOVE roses, so beautiful. and versatile! I cannot wait for mine to start blooming again so I can try my hand at rose water and rose petal syrup. I think I will absolutely have to try rose-hip tea now too!!

Thank you <3

meaghan said...

I agree with Mercedes Blackswan, many rosehip teas that are sold commercially have hibiscus petals in them, and that is what gives the bold red colour.
Lots of red-fruit tisanes also get their colour from hibiscus flowers!
I think your rosehip tea looks great, and would like to try making it myself, maybe next year.
I gathered my own chamomile for tea last year, and it worked really well.

obachan said...

Mmmmm.... I cannot say that it was "flowery." There was nothing that reminded me of perfume. That's for sure.

I don't think you are the only one who likes mini projects. Personally I think they make your life much less boring.

K & S;
Yeah, I'm glad, too.

Mercedes Blackswan;
AH! That explains it. Hibiscus sounds much better than artificial coloring. Good!

Ea Ejersbo;
Mmmmm... It must be difficult with my oven to dry them properly to make them into a powder. But thanks for the advice.

Lin Georgina Green;
Wow, sounds like you have several exciting projects waiting for you. Good luck!

Actually I can pick hibiscus flowers on the roadside, too. Maybe it's worth trying... if I could dry the flowers in the oven.

Homemade chamomile tea sounds really nice, too. It must be good to have it to relax at night. :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Obachan,

Thank you for responding to my comment. I am going to Japan at New Year to visit family there, so maybe Okasan can show me how to make suiton. I don't think many people eat them anymore because it was sort of a "poor-times" food and only old folks know about them. And like you said, probably regional, too.

Take care.


Carolie said... looks like you don't have to cut and seed them to make the tea if you don't want can just dry them!

I've also heard adding dried hibiscus flower will make the color more vibrant (and add more vitamin C!)

Anonymous said...

Yay! I thought I had done something wrong when my tea wasn't red and vibrant like the store bought brands. yay!


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