Question: I’m considering planting rugosa roses along my driveway. Can I eat the rose hips from these?
Answer: Edible rose hips used in jams and jellies are generally taken from Rosa canina, but the hips of Rosa rugosa are edible as well. High in vitamin C, the hip is a small, cherry-tomato-size fruit. In addition, rose hips, leaves, and flowers have all been used medicinally for their antidepressant, antispasmodic, astringent, sedative, digestive, expectorant, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory qualities. As always, consult your health practitioner before using rose hips medicinally.