I came across Lizzie Harper's beautiful botanical illustrations yesterday and loved her insights and suggestions for how to look at rosehips.
I learnt some things about rosehips that I did not know before:
"The red fleshy part of a rosehip is actually just a shell, a hypanthium. Within this, though, lurk the seeds.
Inside the skin of the hypanthium is fleshy tissue, and areas crammed with seeds. Each of these seeds is, in fact, not a seed but a fruit, called an achene (for more on achenes check out my blog). Lots of single fruits or achenes. Inside each of these, lies a seed.
So to find the seed of a rose you need to travel through the red external skin, through the fleshy tissue, and through the achene wall of a single fruit. There, at the heart of things, sits your rose seed.
The rosehip is a perfectly designed seed-pod."
It was a great read with some beautiful illustrations. If you want to read the full blog post click here.