Rose bushes produce a little-known or used fruit called rose hips. These small, red fruits form once the flowers wither in the place where the blossom once was. Rose hips are used in a variety of ways, most often dried. These small fruits are a rich source of vitamin C, providing more of it than citrus fruits, according to the University of Vermont Extension. Collecting and preparing the rose hips from your rose bushes provides you a free source of the tangy, sweet small fruits.
Cut off the blossom end of the rose hip with a pair of kitchen shears. Remove the entire stem, as this is tough and inedible.
Cut the rose hip in half with the shears. Scoop out the small hairs in the center of the fruit then place the rose hip halves in a colander.
Rinse the rose hips with cold water and drain. Pat the rose hips dry with a paper towel. Use immediately or dry them for later use.
Spread the rose hips out on a baking tray if you wish to dry them. Place the tray in the oven and set the temperature at the lowest setting available.
Dry the rose hips in the oven for four to six hours, turning the fruits once each hour. The rose hips are done when they are wrinkled and leathery in texture. Store in a sealed jar or plastic bag in a cool, dry area.