Rosehips are loaded with vitamin C and bioflavoniods and help boulster the immune system and aid in healing. (Recipe courtesy of Humboldt Herbals)
2 cups hot water
1 cup dried rose hips (seedless)
½ cup Honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
Pour the hot water over the rose hips in a bowl. Stir well, cover, and let sit for 1 hour. Scoop the rose hips into a blender, using about half of the soaking water. Reserve the rest of the soaking water separately. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender, and blend well until thick and pudding like, adding more of the soaking water as needed. Strain by stirring a little at a time through a large strainer. Scrape the conserve off the bottom outside surface of the strainer as needed. (straining the conserve with catch any stray seeds - there always seem to be a few lurking in the dried rosehips, and are hard enough to break a tooth!). Refrigerate and use within one week, or can for later use. A delicious treat for the holiday table, and good by the spoonful for coughs, colds and sore throats.