Red fruit, which make autumn and winter even more beautiful, are the theme of this painting.
Rose hips are the fruit of different sorts of roses. They are edible and in fact very healthy. They are very common and have a lot of vitamin C. The longer they stay on the plant, the sweeter they become.
The rose hips contain a number of white or yellow seeds with fine hairs. The hairs have very small barbs which can irritate the skin and cause allergies. Children used those to make itching powder, before such things could be bought.
The German poet and teacher Hoffman von Fallersleben wrote in 1843 a nursery rhyme about the rose hips, which starts with the words “Ein Männlein steht im Walde ganz still und stumm.” (A small guy stands in the forest, all quiet and dumb.) In the movie Hannibal Rising the rhyme plays a central role and the rose hips got a bit of a creepy overtone.
However, I remember that I always liked the rose hips as a child, because they formed to nice red spots along the paths through the forest, which were otherwise almost completely white from snow. I still like rose hips and rose-hip-tea is my favorite kind.
My rose hip painting emphasizes the color red, of course, but also the beautiful contrast with the green of the surrounding plants. It is painted with acrylics on stretched canvas and finished with varnish. The sides are painted as well and a frame is not necessary.
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You can make tea of fresh rose hips yourself:
- Rose hips can be harvested best at the end of September when they are deep red. They should not be soft.
- Remove the two ends where the stem and the blossom used to be.
- Wash the rose hips and dry.
- Cut the rose hips open and remove the seeds.
Be Careful! Best wear gloves because the seeds can irritate the skin!
- Cut the pulp in small pieces and spread them on something which is permeable to air.
- Let them dry in a warm and dry room. Please turn them over regularly, so that they do not start to mold.
- Fill the dry rose hips in a screw top jar.
- Pour hot, but not cooking water over one teaspoon of rose hips (portion per glass) and brew for 5 minutes.
And here a recipe for “Rose Hip Mush”, which is tasty on bread of with yoghurt:
- Wash the rose hips, cut off stems and blossoms, remove the seeds.
Be careful! Best wear gloves because the seeds can irritate the skin!
- Weigh out the fruit and put in a pan with the same amount of water. Cook for 25 minutes until the rose hips are soft.
- With a blender puree the fruit as fine as possible, then pass through a sieve.
- Add confectioner’s sugar (or honey or syrup…) if you like.
2017, acrylics on stretched canvas
24 x 30 cm (ca. 10 x 12 in)
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