Hawthorn Berries Nyc – Harvesting hawthorn berries is a new one for me this year. It’s sweet and mild if you get it at the right time, and in years past I’ve tasted it too early in the fall. This year, Washington hawthorn is sweet and tender in late October. But at that time, the single-seeded hawthorn began to rot, so next year I will look for it in mid-October.
I am indebted to Josh Fecteau’s recent hawthorn post, which inspired me to try hawthorn berries again. As Josh mentioned, there are many species of hawthorn, maybe 50 in New England. And, across North America, perhaps a thousand species, according to George Symonds (from his impressive 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 a 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 seed.
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Why bother with hawthorn? It is a beautiful, attractive and delicious wild food with known health benefits. Some people use the berries to make hawthorn jelly, but I have yet to try this. The berries, leaves and flowers can be used to make tea. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see how I make hawthorn berry extract.
I will describe two species here, to give examples of general characteristics. That should help you recognize a hawthorn when you see one, but i
If you are not sure that you have hawthorn when foraging, please check with additional sources until you are SURE, before eating the berries.
These grow as small trees or large shrubs, and produce clusters of white flowers in late spring. Berries turn red in September (here), but sweet later. By October 31st, it’s sweet, and maybe a little over the top. 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 armed with long thorns, up to about 3 inches in length. However, with reasonable care, you can easily harvest the berries, which tend to hang from the branches. It is easier the following season after many leaves have fallen and no longer obscure the thorns.
Also called common hawthorn, this is a European native that has escaped cultivation and naturalized in North America. It’s sometimes branded an invasive plant, but I don’t see it very often, and when I do, it’s not in abundance in one area. Maybe it’s invasive in other parts of the country, but it doesn’t seem that aggressive here. Like Washington hawthorn, single-seeded hawthorn grows as a shrub or small tree, and produces clusters of white flowers in late spring. The oblong red berries ripen slightly earlier (than the Washington hawthorn) in the fall and contain one seed (hence the name). The leaves are more deeply toothed than those of the Washington hawthorn, but the spines are much smaller, only about 1/2 inch to one inch long.
Hawthorn is common under the forest here in Massachusetts, but it’s a scrawny specimen that doesn’t fruit well. It’s too shady in the forest. To find hawthorn laden with fruit, look in sunny places, such as fields and thickets, at the edge of meadows and along streams. It’s often grown as an ornamental, so if your friend has one and doesn’t mind you picking a few berries, you have an easy foraging experience at your fingertips.
This was my first experience using hawthorn berries, and I used them to make an extract, with 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 canning jar about 3/4 full with berries, covered it with 80 proof vodka, and sealed the jar. I’m not sure how long it takes to extract enough flavor from the berries, so I’ll check it daily. I know that other extracts, (like vanilla extract) take weeks, so that’s what I’m expecting here. Nutrition can play an important role in balancing hormones, building resilience and supporting mental health. Read about 4 herbs that can help you manage stress and help you with your overall well-being.
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Eleuthero Root or Siberian Ginseng: It is high in potassium and magnesium, minerals known to help in reducing anxiety. Eleuthero also increases the synthesis of hormones responsible for managing stress.
Rhodiola: Rhodiola’s effectiveness in treating anxiety and illness is not well known in the west. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. Traditional practice uses Rhodiola to increase stress tolerance and resistance to physical and emotional stress.
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Hawthorn: Scientists have been investigating hawthorn as a potential new treatment for anxiety disorders. In traditional Chinese medicine, hawthorn berries are commonly recommended to help treat high blood pressure.
Hellenic Daily News is a leading International Online Greek News Portal and Agency based in New York City with worldwide influence, 24/7 Greek News from Greece, USA, Cyprus, Australia, Canada and the rest of the world. It’s fairly easy to identify and harvest hawthorn – I’d say it’s one of the easiest plants to find food for because it’s so distinctive and grows in abundance all over the world. Like all wild plants, hawthorn needs to be harvested with care and respect, and there are some foraging basics you should follow. According to George Symonds, in his wonderful book, The Book of Tree Identification: A New Method for Practical Identification and Recognition of Trees, there are more than 1,000 species and sub-species of hawthorn berries in North America alone – that’s not including all the species in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the rest of the world.
Family, hawthorn is related to both roses and apples, along with a variety of other foods including cherries, peaches, meadowsweet and rowan. Hawthorn is full of natural compounds, nutrients, minerals, and micronutrients that make it a very valuable medicinal herb. It is the oldest known medicinal herb, appearing in records from around the world as early as the first century, and is even more popular with mainstream doctors today.
Its main use is for heart problems, but it is also used for digestive complaints, as an immune booster, anti-inflammatory and general tonic, as well as for some mental health conditions and skin problems. You can learn more about the health benefits of hawthorn here. Haws (another name for berries) have a mild apple-like flavor, and make a very tasty jam, jelly, pie filling and ketchup substitute. Hawthorn also has a large amount of folklore attached to it, including the belief that it is a faery tree.
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First, don’t obsess about only harvesting from native species. Most hawthorns, even if they are not truly native, have been naturalized over hundreds, if not thousands, of years. For me, if I’m sure it’s a hawthorn, it’s growing fast and producing lots of healthy leaves, flowers and berries, I forage for it.
Hawthorn leaves are small, deeply lobed, and about as wide as long. Leaves usually appear before the first flowers. Hawthorn flowers in early to mid spring and is commonly known as the May flower. When in bloom, the tree (or bush) displays a large number of small white (or pale pink) flowers. Hawthorn flowers appear in round top clusters towards the tips of the branches. Each flower has five petal lobes, one carpel, and twenty stamens.
The fruits ripen in late summer to late fall and vary in color, shape, and size, from yellow-orange to dark red. Shapes vary from round to oval or pear-shaped. The flesh is dry and starchy – like the inside of a rosehip. Hawthorn is usually used as a hedge bush but also grows as a tree, up to 12 meters high, although it is more common to see it between three and six meters.
Outside the fence, you will find it in the woods and as a solitary tree in the middle of fields and meadows. In some locations, it is commonly used as a garden and roadside tree.
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Because of the high risk of contamination and absorption of chemicals, I avoid foraging from any trees near the road.
Warning: As the name suggests, hawthorn, also known as whitethorns or quickthorns, has sharp thorns along its branches, which makes it very valuable as a hedge plant, because it creates a dense and prickly wall that is not easy. penetrated.
The length and sharpness of the spines varies between species but can reach more than three inches in length. They are slim, strong, and very sharp,