Best Time To Harvest Hawthorn Berries – It is very easy to identify and harvest hawthorn – I would go so far as to say it is one of the easiest plants to forage because it is unique and grows in abundance all over the world. Like all wild plants, hawthorn needs to be harvested with care and respect, and there are a number of nutritional basics you should consider. According to George Symonds, in his amazing book, Tree Identification Handbook: A New Approach to Practical Identification and Tree Identification, there are over 1,000 species and subspecies of hawthorn in North America – that’s not happening. includes all types of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the rest of the world.
Family, hawthorn is related to roses and apples, as well as many other edibles including cherries, peaches, meadowsweet, and rowan. Hawthorn contains natural compounds, nutrients, minerals, and micronutrients that make it a valuable medicinal plant. It is the oldest known drug, appearing in records from around the world as early as the first century, and is gaining popularity with mainstream practitioners today.
Best Time To Harvest Hawthorn Berries
Its primary use is for heart disease, but it is also used for digestive complaints, as an immune booster, anti-inflammatory and general tonic, as well as for other mental health conditions and skin issues. You can find out more about the health benefits of hawthorn here. Porcupines (another name for the fruit) taste a little like apples, and make very tasty jams, jellies, pie fillings and ketchup substitutes. Hawthorn also has a great deal of folklore attached to it, including the belief that it is a faery tree.
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First, don’t focus on harvesting only from native species. Many hawthorns, even if not native, have been domesticated for hundreds, if not thousands of years. For me, if I’m sure it’s a hawthorn, it grows vigorously and produces a large number of healthy leaves, flowers and fruits, I feed from it.
Hawthorn leaves are small, deeply curved, and about as wide as long. Leaves generally appear before the first flowers. Hawthorn flowers in early to mid spring and is known as May flower. In flowers, the tree (or shrub) displays a large number of small white (or pink) flowers. Hawthorn flowers appear in round clusters towards the end of the branches. Each flower has five calyx lobes, one carpel, and twenty stamens.
The fruits ripen in late summer to late fall and vary in color, shape, and size, from orange-yellow to bright red. Shapes vary from round to oval or pear-shaped. The flesh of the fruit is dry and powdery – like inside a rosehip. Hawthorns are widely used as hedge shrubs but also grow as trees, up to 12 meters tall, although it is common to see them between three and six meters.
Outside the courtyard, you will find them in forests and as solitary trees in the middle of fields and pastures. In other areas, they are used as garden and road trees.
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Because of the high risk of pollution and chemical absorption, I avoid foraging from any trees near the road.
Caution: As the name suggests, thistles, also known as sharp thorns or sharp thorns, have sharp spines on their branches, which is what makes them so valuable as hedge plants, because they form a thick, spiky wall that is not easy. it has penetrated.
The length and sharpness of the spines varies between species but can reach more than three inches in length. They are thin, strong, and very sharp, so they can cause serious and painful injuries if you are not careful when harvesting.
Now you are sure that the tree you are looking at is a hawthorn, it is time to harvest. If you are using leaves, harvest from mid-spring to early fall – this is when they are at their healthiest and have the most nutrients. Later than this, once the leaves start to turn, they lose their potency.
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Harvest the flowers in clusters in mid to late spring when they are fully developed. For an extra early harvest, you can pick the buds, too, before they open.
Berries, or haws, ripen from early to late fall, depending on your location and tree species. Once fully ripe, remove the hawthorn fruits from the branches, carefully avoiding the sharp thorns.
Remember, when looking for hawthorn berries or anything else, do not take more than half of what is available. You’re only a small part of a larger ecosystem – and you share nature’s bounty with other creatures, from insects to birds and small mammals – it’s a fine balance, so don’t be greedy.
Additionally, of course, taking only the top half is good nutritional practice because it ensures that the plants continue to thrive and spread for generations. If you destroy these natural resources carelessly and carelessly, within just a few years, they will disappear, and there will be nothing for future generations. So always be respectful when harvesting.
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Always be aware when harvesting hawthorn because of the sharp thorns, and watch carefully if you have children with you, as the tree can cause serious injuries, especially to small children.
Other than that, there isn’t much – as long as you’re careful not to get caught in the thorns, harvesting hawthorn is easy.
I prefer to use fresh hawthorn whenever I can, whether it’s for medicinal purposes or in baked goods. However, it’s not always possible, plus I like to have a supply to see me through the winter months. So, the easiest way is to wash and freeze your supply. You can also dehydrate fruit and leaves – but I find flowers too soft for my dehydrator.
One of the main ways I use hawthorn is as a tincture, because of its many health properties. It’s surprisingly easy, too. Learn how to make hawthorn tincture with or without alcohol here. About two weeks ago we had a very cold winter. There were several crops of seeds that had not yet matured, so we covered what we could with a cold blanket and crossed our fingers that everything would be fine.
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The winter caused the seed crop to finish earlier than we expected too, but for the most part everything has been fine. Chris finished harvesting almost all of the seed crops this past week.
Today, he began the enormous process of getting ready-harvested seed to be shipped to Germany for Jelitto Perennial Seed Company, which is the company we contract to grow our seed crops.
The hard winter put rose hips and hawthorn berries in a good place to harvest now. It is important to wait until a severe frost occurs before harvesting such fruits, as the cold helps to “set” the vitamin C mixture and make it stable. In this way, you can dry the fruits of roses and hawthorns, and as long as you keep all the fruits, and do not break them until you are ready to use, and store well, they will retain their nutritional value very much. good for a year in proper storage.
Now that this winter has arrived, it’s a good time to pick your rose hips and hawthorn berries to dry and use in teas, medicine, stews like a winter fruit, making jams or jellies – all kinds of delicious things!
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I had a wonderful lunch visit with one of my best and dearest friends last week. We live more than two hours away from each other, so our “face-to-face” visits are not frequent enough, but when we do get a chance to come together for a visit, it’s great.
Amy sewed this gold mandala and gave it to me as a gift on our visit. It’s beautiful and amazing! It has a place of honor on my wall just above a picture of a baby owl that I also really like. Thanks again, Amy, for this beautiful piece of art!
We had two more groups of school children visit the farm last week and we had a great time!
The 5th grade from Harrison School almost left after their tour before they could get a photo to document their field trip. You could see just a few as they started their walk back to school. The school is so close to us that children usually walk to make their visit, instead of taking the bus up.
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We also had 2nd grade from the Mountain View Core Knowledge School to visit. The kids had finished shelling and planting their “Painted Pony Heirloom Bean” seeds when I got a photo of them at work planting.
It was a busy week for Lizz too. He harvested honey from the beehives and there was a small harvest this year. You can see him at work in the photo above and below is a photo of one of the comb frames full of honey he harvested.
There have been a lot of perennials ready to plant as well, so that’s another job it has