Can Hawthorn Berries Be Picked In The Winter – Harvesting Hawthorn seeds is new to me this year. It’s delicious and easy if you get it at the right time, and for the past few years I’ve been eating it a lot in the fall. This year, Washington hawthorn is sweet and tender in late October. But by then, the single seeds had started to rot, so next year I’ll look for them in mid-October.
I am very grateful to Josh Fecteau’s hawthorn blog, which inspired me to try hawthorn products again. According to Josh, there are many varieties of hawthorn, about 50 in New England. And in all of North America, there are about a thousand species, according to George Symonds (from his wonderful book Tree Identification Book : A New Method for the Practical Identification and Recognition of Trees
Can Hawthorn Berries Be Picked In The Winter
, my ultimate guide to learning ID trees). Fortunately, you don’t need to define different types. You just need to know it’s a hawthorn, because all hawthorns are edible. HOWEVER, like apple seeds, hawthorn seeds contain cyanide and should not be eaten. Don’t be afraid; just spit out the seeds.
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What’s wrong with hawthorns? Wild foods are beautiful, interesting, and delicious with known health benefits. Some people use the berries to make hawthorn jelly, but I have yet to try this. The fruits, leaves and flowers can be used to make tea. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how I make hawthorn berry extract.
I will describe two types here, to illustrate the general characteristics. That will help you recognize a hawthorn when you see one, but i
If you are not sure that you have hawthorn when you eat it, please check with other sources to be sure, before eating the fruit.
This grows as a shrub or small tree, bearing clusters of white flowers in late spring. The fruits are red in September (here), but they are delicious later. By October 31st, it’s sweet and probably past its peak. Each seed contains 3-5 seeds.
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The leaves are ribbed and toothed, as you can see in my photo above. The leaves are similar to other hawthorn species. The tree is armed with long thorns, up to 3 inches long. But, with care, you can harvest the fruit, which will stay outside the branch. It is easier later in the season after the fall of many leaves and no longer hide the thorns.
Also called the common hawthorn, this is a European native that has escaped cultivation and naturalized in North America. Sometimes they are labeled as invasive plants, but I don’t see them very often, and when I do see them, there aren’t many in one place. Maybe in other parts of the country, but it’s not as aggressive here. Like the Washington hawthorn, the one-seeded hawthorn grows as a shrub or small tree, bearing clusters of white flowers in late spring. The oval red berries ripen a little earlier (than Washington hawthorn) in the fall and are single-seeded (hence the name). The toothed leaves are more deeply grooved than those of Washington hawthorn, but the thorns are smaller, only 1/2 inch to an inch long.
Hawthorns are common in the lower Massachusetts forest, but they are insect specimens that do not produce well. It was very dark in the forest. To find fruit-bearing hawthorns, look in sunny areas, such as shrubbery and thickets, along meadows, and along streams. They are often planted as ornamentals, so if your friend has them and you don’t mind picking the fruit, your experience is easy at your fingertips.
This is my first experience using hawthorn berries, and I’m using them to make an extract, doing the same thing you do to make vanilla extract. I am looking forward to using the hawthorn extract as a flavoring in cooking and baking. I filled a white mason jar about 3/4 full with eggs, covered it with 80 proof vodka, and sealed the jar. I’m not sure how long it will take to remove the fruit flavor, so I’ll check it every day. I know that other extracts, (like vanilla extract) take weeks, so that’s what I’m hoping for here. Planting in fall or spring is better for hawthorn, but, For all shrubs, the best time is fall.
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Choosing to plant in the fall allows the roots to grow before winter, which will allow for stronger growth in the spring.
Hawthorn is very easy to care for and requires little attention to proper planting.
Hawthorn cutting is not required if it is part of the wall. If so, you should prune regularly.
Often used in defensive walls, hawthorn is more common, because it has decorative leaves, a lot of flowers, and is a very beautiful tree.
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Hardy and easy to care for, this tree will also suit you as it blends well with the soil and climate of your living space.
The leaves change color from spring to fall, and the beautiful fruits adorn your hawthorn from late summer to early winter.
Although edible, hawthorn tastes sweet when raw, but birds will go to them.
If you want to stop people from crossing your yard, use hawthorn because its thorns are the real thing!
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(all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois): Lots of hawthorn seeds (also on social media) by Christel Funk under license from Pixabay Flowering hawthorn by Les Whalley under license from Pixabay A few fruits on at hawthorn by Michaela under license from Pixabay Leaves and fruits (also on social media) by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work