The wild rosehip is called Rosa Canina in Latin. Wild rosehips originally come from southern Europe, parts of Asia and Northern Africa. The plant was most likely brought to South America in the 1500s when the area was colonized, and today Rosa Canina L also grows in the wilds of Southern Chile, among other places.
Rosehips contain vitamin C, and some species have some of the highest amounts of vitamin C compared to other vegetables and fruits. Rosehips contain numerous substances. Among them are phenols, flavonoids, galactolipids, triterpenoic acids and tocopherols.
When a wild rose has bloomed and shed its leaves, the berries are picked. Today rosehips are used in a variety of ways – for instance, in cosmetics, teas, and dietary supplements for maintenance of healthy joints.