Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wild Rose

Wild rose bushes are abundant in the wild areas surrounding the cabin at Sylvan Lake.  The pictures below were taken in late June this year (2014) and indicate that the blossoms have been out for a while and are almost done.  This shrub, which can grow up to 15 metres tall, is renowned for it's prickly stems, beautiful  pink flowers and nutritious rosehips.  The wild rose is Alberta's provincial flower.
Hot tea made from wild rose petals and leaves or a cold "julep" made from soaking fresh petals with an equal amount of cool water then lemon juice and honey are wonderful drinks that many also enjoy.






The bright red rosehips have an applelike flavour and are very high in vitamin C.  Rosehips are best picked immediately after the first frost and can be make into jams, syrups and jellies. Hot tea made from wild rose petals and leaves or a cold "julep" made from soaking fresh petals with an equal amount of cool water then lemon juice and honey are wonderful drinks that many also enjoy.