Wrennie, you did help; I googled and found a lot of info. I need to get out and get some fixative and see if I can preserve what smell is left (still going strong, just put them in a plastic bottle cap and I take a whiff every so often and it's still so good!). Nice to meet you too, I'm bad about making the formal introduction, I just start butting in like I already know everybody. ;-)
Mrs. Bradley, all the rose
water recipes I saw required a lot more petals than I have but I will definitely try that next year - thank you for the idea!
chenno, those both sound like good ideas too!
Thornius, as is my bad habit, I picked the hips while I was out there before I researched. I ended up with two that had seeds
in them, and both were orangy, not red. One was actually more brown, and the seeds
that came out were also more grown and shriveled; I am guessing that was a ruined one. The other one was plumper and actually had some red at the stem area so maybe it was getting ready to ripen, I just hadn't given it time. C'est la vie. At any rate, I opened it up and got several pale seeds
. The flesh of it was orange. It was not tasty. lol. Was this because it was not ripe, or because I was supposed to prepare it before eating?