I always thought roses were just a pretty flower until I met the Rosa rugosa 'Hansa.' Its blooms can be used for many things, including infusing a brandy concoction that mixes beautifully with sparkling wine.
This spring I picked wild rose petals & leaves to dry for tea & wanted to wait until later in the year to finish the tea with some of the rose hips. So this fall I gathered up a few colanders of rose hips & put them to use in a few different ways.
Finally, a use for the rose hips that appear at summer's end. Rather than making a jelly, this chutney is showier, displaying the chunks of rose hips along with other goodies like mango, tamarind and cranberries.