One of my favourite drinks growing up was rose hip soup, we’d always have it at home in our cupboard. I still love it and last month I had the idea of making it from scratch. In Sweden you can find rose hip bushes almost everywhere so I went for a walk, found a massive bush and started picking them.
Mind you this is not an east feat, it’s really thorny and I cut myself several times. I’ve learned my lesson though and next time I’ll come prepared with gloves!
If you want to learn about other yummy stuff you can make out of rose hips or other Nordic superfoods you can find some suggestions in this article: 5 Nordic Superfoods you Should Know About.
I got home and decided to dry them rather than making the rose hip soup straight away. An easy way to do that is to cut them in half put them on a large tray and dry them in the oven on a low heat 40 – 50 degrees for a few hours.
Once dried I remove the seeds by putting the dried rose hips in a kitchen towel and lightly bang it on the kitchen table a couple of times. That should do the trick but some seeds are stubborn and needs to be removed by hand (:
I put the dried seeds in a mason jar and kept them in the cupboard.
Last week I finally got around to making the soup and it tasted amazing!! If you have some rose hip bushes close by I highly recommend trying this out.
Home made Swedish Rose Hip Soup
Serves 3 – 4 cups
- 3 ½ dl of dried rose hips
- 1 litre of water
- 1 dl sugar
- 1 tbs potato flour
Put the dried rose hips in half of the water for a few hours or over night (I left it overnight). Boil them till they are soft in the same water about 20 – 30 min. Take of heat and crush them in a food processor or mixer.
Sieve through the mixture (it gets quite thick, I added a little bit of water towards the end). Put it into a saucepan, add the rest of the water and the sugar. Dissolve the potato flower in some water and add that to the soup as well. Let it all boil, once ready take of heat and serve when it’s lukewarm.
This is a highly nutritious soup and is great in winter when you need that extra vitamin boost. One cup of rose hip soup can contain as much vitamin C as 40 – 50 oranges – that is something to keep in mind now when winter cold season is kicking in.
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