What is AP-4 rosehip?

Rosa canina AP-4 is a selected variety of the dog rose Rosa canina.

A research project was initiated in the early 1990ties to find the best variety of the dog rose Rosa canina for rosehip cultivation. Rosehip plants from the mountain area in the south of Chile were collected and analysed in the laboratory for yield, taste and the content of active ingredients. Based on the laboratory analysis one variety out of hundreds of plants was selected and named AP-4.

AP-4 in greenhouse

Cuttings of the AP-4 plants are nursed in greenhouse for rooting. When rooted the cuttings are transferred to small pots where they develop to viable AP-4 plants ready for planting out in plantations.

Benefits of rosehip

Plantation Santa Magdalena

When the AP-4 plants in the plantations are 4-5 years old the fruit yield starts to increase considerably. The climate in the south of Chile with sunny days and cool nights provides the most optimal conditions for high quality rosehip production, and since the AP-4 rosehips can be harvested at the optimal time of the season, the result is a standardized and high quality fruit production without fungal infections. Tasting the AP-4 rosehips you will experience a taste of both sweetness from intensive sun exposure and acidity from the content of Vitamin C.

Plantation Santa Magdalena

Project with Mapuches

Since 2012 The Coesam Group has been the main partner in a rosehip plantation project with Mapuche indigenous people. Local Mapuche families are invited to cultivate small parcels of organic Coesam AP-4 rosehips. The project has been financially supported by the Chilean state as a contribution to the development of rural areas in the south of Chile. After 3-4 years the first families have started havesting the first rosehips.

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