Rose hips are the fruits produced by nearly 3,000 species of ornamentals that comprise the Rosaceae family, including the common rose. Traditionally, rose hips are valued for their scent and flavor, which is somewhat similar in taste to cranberries. Rose hip liquid extract is made by slow-simmering the hips in water to yield a concentrate. Since rose hips are exceptionally nutritious, there may be several benefits of adding rose hips liquid extract to foods and beverages.
According to the Drugs.com online database, rose hips contain high levels of vitamin C. However, some rose hip preparations, including liquid extracts, may vary considerably in their vitamin C content depending on how they are processed. Other nutrients found in rose hips include vitamins D, E and K, as well as several B vitamins. Additional compounds include tannins, malic acid, citric acid, carotenoids, polyphenols, pectin and vanillin, the same agent found in vanilla and coffee beans.