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Your ancestors were gatherers.

And hunters. And scavengers.

Mine were, too.

Rosehips

I've been communing with my gatherer ancestors lately. By filling my pockets with rosehips, processing them & making these gummies.

I've come to appreciate the worth of a sharp knife. When you're a gatherer~hunter~scavenger a sharp knife is a prized possession.

Admittedly, processing rosehips is time consuming.

But it's the kind of activity that humans have engaged in from the beginning of time, so it can also be profoundly relational. In an ancient-generational way.

I knew rosehips were supposed to be a fabulous source of vitamin C, but it turns they are also being seriously investigated by researchers as a remedy for symptoms of Rheumatoid and Osteo arthritis.

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Take the Assessment

So mixing rosehips with grass-fed Gelatin might just be a recipe for superfood for an arthritic guy like Matthew.

He has Psoriatic Arthritis, but anything that works for Osteo & Rheumatoid might be efficacious for the Psoriatics, too.

Use the hips from wild dog roses or any other unsprayed roses that create robust hips. Select the firm ones for maximum hipness.

Grass-fed Gelatin

It's been a month since Matthew has been including Gelatin in his diet on an almost-daily basis & his fingernails are starting to look almost human.

Without oversharing ghastly details about the werewolf tendencies of his Psoriatic fingernails & toenails, including their tendency to disintegrate, exposing the nail beds & the nerve endings that lie there,let's just agree that having almost normal nails is a beautiful, wonderful thing.

The gatherer-hunter-scavenger ancestors prescribe Raspberry-Rosehip Gummies. Daily. At least they do over here.

Ask them yourself & see.

Looking for grass-fed gelatin?

Raspberry~Rosehip Gummies (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

Servings: 45-50 gummies

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Ingredients:

  • ½ to 1 cup de-seeded Rosehips (how-to below)
  • 1 thumb fresh Ginger
  • 3+ cups water
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen Cranberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen Raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons Gelatin

Method:

Peel & chop ginger. In a saucepan, simmer the ginger & 3 cups of water gently while you process the rosehips.

Rosehips: Trim the flower & stem ends with a sharp knife & cut each hip in half. Discard any that have brown flesh. Using your thumbnail or a sharp knife,or probably a combination of the two, remove the seeds & fuzz & trim any brown bits. Persist until you have ½ to 1 cup of de-seeded rosehips.

Strain the ginger from the tea with a seive. Top up the ginger tea with additional water if need be until it measures 1½ cups.

Pour ½ cup of the ginger tea into a medium-sized mixing bowl, to cool.

Return ½ cup of the ginger tea to the saucepan with the de-seeded rosehips & simmer gently until the tea is evaporated & the rosehips are softened. Add the raspberries, cranberries, cinnamon & the final ½ cup of the ginger tea. Heat through.

Next, add the lime juice to the ginger tea waiting in the bowl & sprinkle the gelatin on top. Stir it up, pressing out any lumps of Gelatin with the back of the spoon.

Then, whirl the hot berry mixture in a food processor and add it to the gelatin. Mix thoroughly.

Spoon into silicon molds or line a biking dish with parchment paper & pour the mixture in.

If using silcon molds, freeze for 2 or more hours until the perfectly-shaped gummies can be popped out.

If using parchment and a baking dish, refrigerate until set & cut with scissors into bite-sized pieces.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Have some daily.

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