This shrub grows 60 centimeters to 2.5 meters high. It has
alternate leaves and sharp prickles. Its flowers may be red,
pink, or yellow. Its fruit, called rose hip, stays on the shrub
Habitat and Distribution
Look for wild roses in dry fields and open woods throughout
the Northern Hemisphere.
The flowers and buds are edible raw or boiled. In an emergency,
you can peel and eat the young shoots. You can boil fresh, young
leaves in water to make a tea. After the flower petals fall,
eat the rose hips; the pulp is highly nutritious and an excellent
source of vitamin C. Crush or grind dried rose hips to make flour.
Eat only the outer portion of the fruit as the seeds of some
species are quite prickly and can cause internal distress.
You can eat rose petals as well. Throw them on a salad or
just eat them for a snack. You can make tea with them as well.
Wild roses can vary greatly in the size and taste of their
rose hips, but all are far richer in vitamin C than oranges.
The seeds also have a lot of vitamin E. Sometimes the seeds are
soft enough to chew up with the fruit; otherwise just spit them