Rose hips are the young fruit of the rose bush and are popular as a tea or a tea blend. Roses have inhabited the earth for 35 million years. They were first cultivated by the Chinese 5,000 years ago and have held a place in the human heart ever since. They’ve been used as symbols of love, beauty, and war, and. The culinary use of roses – as rose syrup, rose water, candied rose petals, rose comfits, and rose tea – spread throughout the world from the ancient Greeks and Arabs to 18th century American Colonists.