Hawthorn Berries Nyc Buy

Hawthorn Berries Nyc Buy – Harvesting hawthorn berries is new to 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

Hawthorn Berries Nyc Buy

, 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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, so that’s what I’m expecting here.

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