On Sunday, Rose Ramirez, Abe Sanchez, and Marian Walkingstick travelled in the San Diego County back country to gather rose hips. Marian, an intrepid Acjachemen elder, is pictured above standing deep in a rose thicket.
Rose hips, the fruit of the wild rose, are filled with tiny seeds covered with tiny hairs, which are better to remove before eating the raw hips. It’s pretty easy to scoop out the seeds. Rose hips, according to several sources, are one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C, with more Vitamin C than citrus fruits. One source claims that three rose hips are the equivalent of one orange in Vitamin C.