These are from our own roses; Rugosa scabrosa (which is a hideous name for a truly beautiful rose), a noted hipster, but also Roseraie de L'Haÿ and Blanc Double de Coubert, which aren't really supposed to set any at all. Pics of them below, in stated order.
The hips smell like a fistful of crushed rose petals a day or so past their best; slightly warm and dank rather than high and volatile like the blooms themselves.
When softly ripe, their outer pulp has a startlingly true rose-y taste with a hint of citrus, but I think they have irritant hairs close to the seeds, so it's best not to go too crazy.
Photos du Jour: Rugosa Rose Hips
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