I LOVE rose hips!
I can’t quite figure out why they aren’t included in more recipes. They have bright citrus notes yet have an earthiness that is distinct and comforting. I grew up with a hot rose hip syrup drink for cold days and a sore throat. There is so much natural pectin in the fruit that making jams and jellies with them is supposedly a breeze.
Yes, they are a bit messy. There are stems and little round disks that need to get strained out, but the results are worth the bother.