Roses are one of the most popular plants known to mankind. Their history as a cultivated plant goes back at least 5,000 years.
Multiflora Rose is a native Asian rose that has become invasive in many parts of the United States and Canada and is far too common here.
Roses have edible berries called rose hips. Multiflora Rose hips are small but plentiful. Some people eat them raw but making a hot or cold tea out of rose hips is a popular way to enjoy their unique flavor. To make the tea, mash the rose hips and steep them in hot water.
The best time to harvest Rose hips is after the first frost because they become soft and sweet.
Depending on the weather, Multifora Rose hips may last until late winter before they begin to get rotten.
Roses have nutritional benefits that most people are not aware of. Rose hips and leaves are very rich in vitamin C, and the hips are also rich in carotene and a good source of essential fatty acids.
The seeds are a good source of vitamin E and are often ground up and added to foods as a nutritional supplement.
The list of medicinal uses for Multiflora rose is staggeringly long.
It is an antidote to fish poisoning, is used to treat constipation and articular pain and as an application to foul ulcers, wounds, sprains and injuries.
The seed is a laxative and diuretic. And it is being studied as a food that may reduce instances of cancer, and possibly assist in improving cases of cancer.