Nature’s Bounty – Big and Small Packages

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I’m lowering myself down the mountainside off willow and oak branches like some guy in a military obstacle course. The bushwhack is rough. Once in a while I accidentally grab a rose bush. Thorns penetrate my thin gloves, running shocks up my arms like I’ve wrapped my hands around the bare end of a live electrical cable. The big elk is elusive, but when I look back up at one of the pricker bushes, I notice a number of perfectly freeze dried rose hips. I pop a few like a kid shoveling M&Ms from a Halloween candy dish. The berry has a tangy fresh taste. The fleshy exterior yields chewy goodness, with solid seeds inside that tell me I am not in a grocery store.

Rose hip tea for backcountry skiing.

Colorado winter rose hip. Click image to enlarge.


7 Responses to “Nature’s Bounty – Big and Small Packages”

  1. Tom November 19th, 2010 2:49 pm

    Someone told me once rose hips are loaded with vitamin C – like more than an orange. Not sure if it’s true or not, but I always liked to believe it – especially since I don’t lug too many oranges around the woods.

    Bonus: Plus they make a fairly good substitute for chew in case you forget or lose yours.

  2. Lou November 19th, 2010 2:59 pm

    Tom, my understanding is just about any vegetable you pick and eat up in the mountains is loaded with vitamins, including C. For sure some things must have more than others, perhaps rose hips do, but it’s all incredible and worth taking the time to learn a bit about. I’m not a fanatic about it, but always go for miner’s lettuce salads in the summer, grab a few mushrooms now and then, stuff like that…

  3. snoman November 19th, 2010 8:14 pm

    yep – spot on!
    most things that grow in the mountains are full of vitamins and loaded also with minerals – apart from knowing about which are the scary mushrooms (very few) there’s not much you can’t eat and benefit from up there

    very nice writing btw

  4. Lou November 20th, 2010 5:51 am

    Snoman, thanks, yeah, I’ve been feeling like I need to stretch my writing muscles a bit. Have been scrambling to keep things going here on a time deficit, but that’s all calming down now so I’ll have more time for word smithing.

  5. Ryan J. November 20th, 2010 9:54 am

    There is little more fulfilling than tromping around our local mountains in search of the elusive Wapiti. Better luck next time. The rosehips are always good but I prefer the rasberries, when their in season.

  6. Lou November 21st, 2010 11:07 am

    Ryan, I’d agree about the rasberries…

  7. SteveG November 21st, 2010 10:04 pm

    Nice to hear a reflection on one of the the main reasons why some of us go into the mountains on skis. To be there. Appropriate that this was today’s “quote of the day” that popped up on my home page when I logged on.

    A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
    – Thomas Mann

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