Tuesday 1 September 2020

Rosa rubiginosa (United Arab Emirates, 1969)

This is the second of the rose series from Ajman to feature on this blog; it’s nice to revisit a sister to one we’ve had before.

This is the eglantine rose, also known as the sweet briar rose or, in official language, rosa rubiginosa. It is native to Europe and Western Asia, grows wild in South America but is counted as a weed in New Zealand and South Africa. It has pink petals and a strong apple-like scent (which is what accounts for the “sweet” in its name). The tea made from the hips of this rose is very popular in Europe and elsewhere, where it is considered a healthy way to get your daily dose of vitamin C and other nutrients. A cup of rose hip tea will – apparently – provide the minimum daily adult requirement of vitamin C.


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