When the drying is complete, put them into the food processor. Do not grind them too small, because the red parts could fall through metal sieve.
Now put the grinded material into metal sieve and shake it to remove the fine white-yellow hairs. They can be easily separated if the hips are thoroughly dried. It is recommended to remove the hairs as they can be very irritating for your lungs and skin.
As you can see my first sieve had too big holes therefore I had to use another one with smaller holes to separate all the hair from the dried red hips. There is no need to remove the seeds. The final step is to put the dried rose hips into a airtight glass jar.
To make a tea use a teaspoons of dried hips for every cup of boiling water and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Sweeten with honey and enjoy.
The next usable part of the plant are Elderberries. Harvest the berries when they are fully ripe (deep purple not red) in late August. They will be round and plump, and hanging off the branches in large, heavy clusters. Elderberries cannot be eaten raw, therefore they must be dried before consumption. The easiest method for drying them it to hang the berry clusters on a string in a warm, dry place. I usually dry them in the attic where the air is always warm in the middle of the summer. When dried remove the stems and store them in airtight glass jars in a dark place.
- 200 g all-purpose flour
- 80 g white sugar
- 10 g baking powder
- 10 g matcha green tea powder (for cooking use lower grade matcha)
- 75 g melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 200 ml milk
Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients and put the mixture into the muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes. From the above ingredients I got 18 muffins as I like them to be smaller.