Raw, idiom: 14a. in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.

Yesterday I picked up an armful of eucalyptus on my way out of the grocery.  I've been on a eucalyptus kick for a few weeks now; the unique foresty scent really fills up your home, and it's a broad and strong enough green that it fills out a vase nicely, too.  But I wanted something to arrange with it, something holiday-ish and unique, so I wandered outside to the flowers on the porch in search of hypericum.  Instead, I found myself face-to-face with rosehips.

Did you know rosehips look almost identical to holly berries?  At least, to this relatively untrained eye they do.  Before last night, I'd never seen rosehips in their natural state; I'd only read of them often on the back of my tea bags, or seen them listed in ingredients for herbal tinctures.  So here you go.  Rosehips.

Turns out they're wildly healthy and really useful for things like syrups, wines, jellies and jams.  And of course, great for steeping your own tea.  These puppies are apparently rich with Vitamin C, iron, and antioxidants.  Who knew?!  

There's a very adorably provincial website here called Backwoods Home Magazine that's got a charming little article on rosehips, including how to pick them, what they're good for nutritionally, and a recipe for a killer rosehip pancake/waffle syrup.  Delish.


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