Our favorite ingredients are those picked wild from the earth. At the heart of this practice is the desire to share the benefits of ancient, botanical medicine with the modern world. It is our charge to forage responsibly and leave plenty of herbs for the bees, birds, and creatures dependent on natural phenomenon. The herbs we do gather, however, are infused into our ferments and then poured in either our tasting room or select bars in Maine. We look forward to sharing our foraged findings and elixirs with you!
upcoming foraging missions:
10/02/2016, Sunday, 10AM-1PM
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10AM: Meet at Urban Farm Fermentory's parking lot (back lot) where we will all carpool to the foraging spot!
12:30PM: Return to the tasting room for processing.
Forage with our crew for one of our most beloved flavors in the tasting room: rose hips!
Rose hips are best foraged around the first frost/mid-fall for the sweetest flavor. We will be harvesting from the Rosa Rugosa variety found along the coastlines here in southern Maine. Please bring garden/protective gloves as these bushes can be quite thorny.
Once we return back to the Fermentory--around 12:30--we will process the rose hips in the tasting room. Never processed rose hips before? This will be a great way to learn!
We will provide snacks to munch on when we are back from the forage, but please feel free to pack a lunch.
Juicy facts about Rose hips:
Rose hips as a Medicine?
"Rosehips are so loaded with nutrients that they can be considered a super food. They contain the Vitamins A, B complex, C, E, K and minerals including calcium, silica, iron and phosphorous. Rosehips are particularly high in bioflavenoid rich antioxidants including rutin that help strengthen our heart and blood vessels, and prevent degeneration of tissue. They contain carotenes including lycopene that have been linked with cancer prevention. Natural pectin found in rosehips is beneficial for gut health.
Perhaps the most common use of rosehips throughout history has been for prevention and treatment of colds and flu. Wild varieties have the highest concentration of Vitamin C, with some estimates reporting 30-50 times the Vitamin C of oranges. During WWII oranges could not be imported into Britain and Scandanavia so about 500 tons of rose hips were collected and made into “National Rose Hips Syrup” that were distributed as a nutritional aid by the Ministry of Health. Natural health stores carry many types of rosehip remedies including teas, syrups and capsules. Most grocery stores now carry rosehip tea." -