There are 2 posts here because of the number of pictures included. I've been spending the past few weeks wild-harvesting fruits for dehydrating or putting up as preserves. This has been a bumper year for roses so I've been focusing a lot on picking ripe rose hips from wild beach roses (rugosa roses) that grow along the verges of cat-tail rushes in salt marshes here. They are wild but are not like the typical variety of wild pale pink dog roses with small hips, both species are often found growing side by side here in the PNW. The beach rose hips are bigger, rounder, redder, not so elongated as dog hips and about the size and texture of large cherry tomatoes. They are very fleshy, juicy, they taste like sweet ripe apricots with a hint of rose and have a rosey, fruity citric acid scent to them. I have been dehydrating some of them and also making jam out of them (not jelly) since there was a tremendous amount of juicy, firm flesh on them, they are not at all mealy or mushy. 　 Here is some information about the nutritional and vitamin C content of rose hips. http://www.livestrong.com/article/328518-nutritional-value-of-rose-hips/ There is a great deal more Vitamin C in rose hips than there is in citrus fruits or tomatoes, and Vitamin C is vitally needed to help prevent scurvy and stress to the body. The real beauty of roses is that they will grow in just about any climate and don't need as much attention and care as cultivated citrus fruits and tomatoes require. 　 This topic is really about the importance of properly cleaning out the hairy seeds, insects and insect eggs from the insides of large rose hips, I'm including pictures of the procedure here. 　 First of all, here are some pictures of rugosa beach roses and common dog roses for comparison. These are the 2 beach rose bushes that I picked from, they are growing close to cat-tail rushes. They were loaded with hips and this is what they looked like after I finished picking - there are still plenty of ripening hips left on them though: 　 　 　 Rose bloom and leaves of beach rose 　 Beach rose hips - These ones in this picture are not ripe enough to pick yet: 　 These are the ones that I have been picking: 　 　 Dog rose bloom and leaves 　 The hips of dog rose, which are usually very, very small and only suitable for dehydrating because they are mealy, and often very difficult to get the seeds out of. 　 　 Dog rose and beach rose growing together - see the difference between the leaves .