From their soft petals to prickly thorns, roses are a symbol of beauty and health.
One lesser known part of the rose is the round, seed-filled bulbs known as rose hips, which are found underneath rose petals.
Also called the fruit of the rose, rose hips are usually red-orange, though yellow and black varieties can also be found.
Unlike rose blossoms, which bloom in the spring and summer months, rose hips generally grow after the petals have bloomed and started falling off, which is usually in early to mid-fall. In fact, they’re considered sweeter when picked after the first frost of the season.
Rich in nutrients and disease-fighting properties, rose hips have gained attention for their role in health and beauty.
Inside the rose hip are many small, edible seeds, which are a good source of many nutrients. A 2-tablespoon (16-gram) serving of wild rose hips provides:
Carbs: 6 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Vitamin A: 4% of the Daily Value (DV)
Vitamin B5: 3% of the DV
Vitamin C: 76% of the DV
Vitamin E: 6% of the DV
Rose hips get their red-orange color from carotenoid pigments known as lycopene and beta carotene. These pigments have been shown to promote skin and eye health.
They’re also rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, such as vitamin C, catechins, quercetin, and ellagic acid. A diet rich in these compounds can help lower inflammation and oxidative stress in your body.
Furthermore, vitamin C plays a key role in collagen synthesis and immune health, is a remedy for rheumatoid arthritis, reduces symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis, helps the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and out of control cells and acilitates fat metabolism.