Tuesday 12 September 2017

Rose Hips

    Wild roses (common name “Prickly Rose”, scientific name “Rosa acicularis”) are common in the Robson Valley (you can see the pink bloom in the photo).  When the flower is pollinated they create a fruit which is called a rose hip (the bright red spheres in the photo).    They are rich in vitamin C and are sometimes used in herbal teas or jam.  They have a lot of seeds in them, so people generally don’t eat them off the bush and when they do, they just eat the rind.
   I was a bit surprised to find this wild rose with both a flower and the mature hips on the same bush.  
   It is an interesting bit of trivia that apple trees belong to the rose family.

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