Hawthorn Berries Color When Mashed – For hawthorn, it is best to plant in autumn or spring, but as with all shrubs, the ideal period is always autumn.
If you decide to plant in the fall, it is possible for the roots to develop before the winter and the growth will be stronger in the spring.
Hawthorn Berries Color When Mashed
Hawthorn is very easy to care for and requires little attention if properly established.
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Pruning a hawthorn is not necessary unless it forms part of a hedge. If it is, you need to prune it regularly.
Often used in hedges, hawthorn is more than that though, as it has ornate leaves and blooms profusely, making it a very beautiful tree.
Both durable and easy to care for, the tree will also give you satisfaction as it adapts to the soil and climate where you live.
The leaves take on different shades from spring to autumn, and the magnificent berries decorate your hawthorn from late summer to early winter.
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Although hawthorn berries are edible, they taste bland and mealy raw, but birds go wild for them.
If you need to keep people from going through your yard, use hawthorn because its thorns are real!
(all edited by Gaspard Lorthiois): Christel Funk Many hawthorn berries under license from Pixabay (also on social media) Flowering hawthorn by Les Whalley under license from Pixabay by Michaela Few berries on hawthorn under license from Pixabay Leaves and berries (on social media) Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work Harvesting hawthorn berries is new for me this year. They are sweet and mellow if you get them at just the right time, and for the past few years I have been tasting them too early in the fall. This year, Washington hawthorn was sweet and mild in late October. But by then the single-seeded hawthorn started to rot, so next year I’ll be looking for them in mid-October.
I credit Josh Fecteau’s recent hawthorn post with inspiring me to try hawthorn again. As Josh points out, there are many hawthorn species in New England, perhaps 50. And in all of North America, perhaps 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
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, my favorite guide to learning tree ID). Fortunately, you don’t need to be able to identify specific species. You just need to know it’s a hawthorn because all hawthorns have edible berries. HOWEVER, like apple seeds, hawthorn seeds contain cyanide and should not be eaten. Don’t panic; just spit out the seeds.
Why bother with hawthorns? They are beautiful, interesting and delicious natural foods with known health benefits. Some people use the berries to make hawthorn jelly, but I haven’t tried it yet. Berries, leaves and flowers can be used to make tea. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see how I make hawthorn extract.
I describe two types here to give examples of general characteristics. This should help you recognize a hawthorn when you see one, but i
If you’re not sure you have hawthorn when foraging, check with additional sources before eating the berries until you’re sure.
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It grows as a small tree or large shrub and bears white flowers in late spring. The berries turn red in September (here), but become sweet later. By October 31st they were sweet and maybe a little past their peak. Each berry has 3-5 seeds.
The leaves are lobed and toothed as you can see in my photo above. Many other hawthorn species have similar leaves. The tree is heavily armed with long thorns up to about 3 inches long. But with reasonable care, you can easily harvest berries that tend to hang off the branches. This is even easier in the season after many of the leaves have fallen and are no longer hiding the thorns.
Also called common hawthorn, it is a European native that has escaped cultivation and naturalized in North America. It’s sometimes called an invasive plant, but I don’t find it very often, and when I do, it’s not a lot in one area. It may be invasive in other parts of the country, but it doesn’t seem to be very aggressive here. Like Washington hawthorn, single-seeded hawthorn grows as a shrub or small tree and bears clusters of white flowers in late spring. The oval red berries ripen slightly earlier (than Washington hawthorn) in the fall and contain one seed (hence the name). The toothed leaves are more deeply lobed than those of the Washington hawthorn, but the spines are much smaller, only about 1/2 inch to an inch long.
Hawthorns are common in the forest floor here in Massachusetts, but they are tough specimens that don’t bear fruit well. It is too shady in the forest. To find prolific hawthorns, look in sunny areas, such as fields and thickets with shrubs, at the edges of pastures and along streams. They are often planted as ornamentals, so if your friend is berry picking, you have an easy foraging experience at your fingertips.
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This is my first experience with hawthorn berries and I use them to make the extract using the same process you would use to make vanilla extract. I hope to use hawthorn extract as a flavoring in cooking and baking. I filled a clean can about 3/4 full with berries, covered them with 80 proof vodka and closed the cap on the can. I’m not sure how long it takes to get enough flavor from the berries, so I check it daily. I know other extracts like vanilla extract take weeks to make, so that’s what I’m waiting for here. I apologize to my readers. I’m overwhelmed with making the latest changes to my master’s thesis. But as of today, it has been submitted, elevating me to the status of Master Feeder!
Even in the last few busy weeks, we still managed quite a few after-work foraging adventures. One such outing was inspired by bushcraft expert Ray Mears…hawthorn skin.
Hawthorn is a delicious little berry that has tons of natural pectin. As a result, when the berries are pressed into a mash, they solidify into a jelly-like consistency within an hour. This unique quality has led some to conclude that this fruit may have been crucial in the production of the first jelly and jam.
Many people love strawberry rhubarb pie, but are surprised to learn that parts of the rhubarb plant are poisonous. The same goes for the hawthorn, whose berries are delicious, but the cyanide-rich wells are deadly! Like all foods, we learn how to prepare and consume them to achieve their greatest potential.
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Finally, the fruits were squeezed together and mixed with peach forage (at this time of year, hawthorn berries are a little dry and need a little water or juice added). Care was also taken to remove any toxic pits from the mix. Keep in mind that this is about an hour long step, so be patient as you try.
After a couple of hours in the sun, all the moisture had evaporated and although the skin didn’t look all that tasty, it certainly wasn’t half bad!
An added bonus, according to Ray Mears, is the ability to keep this fruit skin for over a year! When it comes to food, such shelf life is a big plus. October/November, after the first frost, is also the time to pick hawthorn berries. Hawthorn is relatively little used as a berry, it is mainly used to make hawthorn gin or hawthorn brandy. It can also be used to make jam or jelly. Hawthorn gin is much prettier than sloe gin. It’s not as sweet and syrupy, in fact it’s more like a fortified wine like dry sherry than a liqueur. It’s worth aging. The hawthorn gin made now is perfect for next Christmas. If you don’t think you can wait that long, make a double batch – some to drink young this year and some to mature next year. Do a lot anyway because it’s much more enjoyable!
Sort the berries, put on top and tail. It’s quite time consuming and it’s not the end of the world if you don’t do it – but it will result in sediments that are difficult to decant later and will degrade the clarity of your gin. Pack the berries in a storage jar, sprinkling a little sugar between the layers. Once you’ve reached the top of the can (leaving a bit of room for shaking), fill with cheap gin (the supermarket’s own brand). Close and put in the cupboard. Shake the jar every few days.
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After 4 weeks the berries have lost their color and the gin has turned pink. (Leaving longer before straining will intensify the flavor. However, you are more likely to develop a muddy sediment. If you have bright, fleshy berries, you can leave the gin.