Animal power for birds

Rose hips taste like jam, mammals nibble on them as raw food, and many wild birds also sing the praises of the vitamin-rich fruits. The delicacies can be found especially in deciduous forests, at forest edges and in the field scrub

So many birds can not be fooled: 27 species of birds make the red fruits of the hedge roses appetite. Among them are Star, Thrush, Greenfinch or Robin. No wonder, because the rosehip fruit pulp is packed with vitamins: one hundred grams have a vitamin C content of 1700 milligrams and also contain five milligrams of vitamin A as well as vitamins of the B group and vitamin K.

Welcome change on the menu

They are ideal as a souvenir, as a healthy treat and for the small appetite in between. Above all, rosehips are a welcome change on the menu. Parakeets fly on the vitamin bombs, canaries and exotics they taste. For splendor finches to enjoy, the fruits are simply cut open with a sharp knife.

Harvest is from August to November

At the earliest from August and deep into November, rosehips can be collected. Not only on dog roses (Rosa canina) is harvested, but also from a whole series of other rose plants, such as bush rose, field rose, felt rose, apple rose or Raublättriger rose. The 40 native wild roses are sometimes difficult to distinguish, and they also intersect. Since all their fruits are equally valuable, but that does not matter.

Wild rose bushes are found in deciduous forests, at forest edges and in the field bushes. Refined hedge roses often line pathways in parks or border gardens with their prickly branches. Of course, one only reaches for unloaded fruits. Roadside vehicles are pollutants rich in car exhaust and other pollutants.

Before they move into the food bowl – or better still as treats that the housemate must climb or work out, strategically placed – the rose hips should be thoroughly washed so that no bacteria, such as salmonella from bird droppings, and parasites are introduced become. Carefully use the red power snacks sparingly. The fruits can be kept for weeks in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator.

Fruit reserves in the freezer

In order to preserve the vitamins, you can freeze the freshly harvested rosehips immediately and, if necessary, defrost and feed them individually. Another method of preservation is drying. To do this, the rose hips are tied together to form bunches and hung in an airy place to dry. However, part of the vitamin content is lost through this process. But as a nibble and meaningful employment is so good a tuft of organic anyway.

Those who prefer to harvest other, at least find rosehip seeds in the trade, which are intended for parakeets and grobschnäbelige birds. The deco rose hips from the flower shops, however, should not be fed, because they are probably treated with chemicals. (Nina Blersch)

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