Hawthorn Berries Without Thorns – Note that every hedge item you come across may look different from these photos.
Orange to dark red berries, usually bearing a single pit, although there may be more in some species or hybrids, hanging in clusters in the fall.
Hawthorn Berries Without Thorns
Berries are best after a fall frost, but as the frost comes later, then try the berries, they’re ready when they’re sweet. We also now have freezers so the berries can be “juiced” (frozen) artificially.
Hawthorn Berries On A Tree Without Leaves Against A Blue Sky. Autumn View Stock Photo
All parts of hawthorn help regulate blood pressure, but the leaves are reported to be the best for making tea.
Hawthorn has several different species and many hybrids in the UK, but the most common is the monocytic, followed by the Midland hawthorn, laevigata. Both can grow like a shrub, or more like a tree, with monogyna usually being more upright.
Berries contain a lot of pectin and are a great addition to jellies and jams, helping them set. The berries themselves make a beautiful jelly, and the juice made by simply crushing and sifting the berries sets quickly without heating. If the berries are very sweet, no sugar is needed, if not a little sugar to taste. Hawthorn berry harvest is new for me this year. They’re sweet and mild if you get them at the right time, and I’ve tasted them prematurely in the fall for the past few years. This year, Washington Hawthorn is sweet and mild in late October. But by that time, the single hawthorns have already started to rot, so next year I’ll be looking for those in mid-October.
I owe it to Josh Fecteau for his recent hawthorn post, which inspired me to try hawthorn berries again. As Josh pointed out, there are many varieties of hawthorn, maybe 50 in New England. And, according to George Symonds, throughout North America, there may be a thousand species (taken from his excellent book Tree Identification: A Practical New Approach to Tree Identification and Identification).
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, my favorite learning tree ID guide). Fortunately, you don’t need to be able to identify a specific species. You just need to know it’s 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 Hawthorn? They are beautiful, fun, delicious wild foods with health benefits. Some people make hawthorn jelly with berries, but I haven’t tried it yet. Berries, leaves and flowers can be used to make tea. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how I made hawthorn berry extract.
I will describe both species here to illustrate general characteristics. This should help you recognize hawthorn when you see it, but I
If you’re unsure if you have hawthorn while foraging, check other sources before eating hawthorn until you’re sure.
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It grows as a small tree or large shrub, bearing clusters of white flowers in late spring. The berries turn red in September (here), but then sweeten. By October 31st, they are sweet and probably skip the peak. Each berry has 3-5 seeds.
As you can see in my photo above, the leaves are lobed and toothed. Many other hawthorn varieties have similar leaves. The tree is covered with long thorns, about 3 inches long. However, as long as you exercise caution, you can easily harvest the berries, which tend to droop from the branches. It’s easier later in the season after many leaves have fallen and the thorns are no longer covered.
Also known as common hawthorn, this 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 see it, there aren’t many in an area. Maybe it’s invasive in other parts of the country, but it doesn’t seem particularly invasive here. Like Washington hawthorn, single-seeded hawthorn grows as a shrub or small tree and produces clusters of white flowers in late spring. The oval red berries ripen in the fall (a little earlier than Washington hawthorn) and contain a single seed (hence the name). The toothed leaves are deeper than those of Washington hawthorn, but the spines are much smaller, only about 1/2 inch to 1 inch long.
Hawthorn is common in the forest undergrowth of Massachusetts, but these are scrawny specimens with poor results. It’s too dark in the forest. To find fruit-bearing hawthorn, look in sunny locations such as bushes and undergrowth, pasture edges, and streams. They’re often grown as ornamentals, so if your friend has one and doesn’t mind you picking some berries, you’ll have a foraging experience at your fingertips.
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This is my first time using hawthorn berries and I’m making an extract from them, the same process I use to make vanilla extract. I wish to use hawthorn extract as a seasoning in cooking and baking. I filled a clean canning jar about 3/4 full with the berries, covered them with 80 degree vodka, and closed the jar. I’m not sure how long it will take to get enough flavor out of the berries, so I’ll check daily. I know other extracts (like vanilla extract) take weeks, so that’s what I’m looking for here. August is coming to an end – register for your fall semester herbal courses during our back to school sale! Register now
With fall coming, I am delighted that the hawthorn trees are starting to ripen and their fruit turns a deep red, ready to be harvested soon. Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is a member of the Rosaceae. This botanical family also contains red raspberries (Rubus ideaus) and wild roses (Rosa woodsii), each like hawthorn, protecting themselves with the thorns they carry. How wonderful is it that the rose family herbs are so easy to love and yet know how to protect themselves? They seem to have clear boundaries and therefore need to be respected.
I often find that my clients can use hawthorn for support in healthy formulas, or even as a simple tea or tincture, as it offers a variety of actions that lovingly guide us through the modern world. While we may be bombarded with information and opinions, Hawthorn is unmoved and ready to stand by us firmly.
Hawthorn is fascinating for its storied past and present. With nearly 300 species of hawthorn, it’s no wonder that there are so many interesting tidbits that have survived over time. While this bountiful tree is the subject of a variety of stories, myths, and fun facts, hawthorn offers us more than just stories—it provides a range of supportive actions for our physical and emotional bodies. The most common Hawthorn species are Hawthorn monogyna, C. oxyacantha and C. laevigata. All hawthorn species have health benefits (de la Forêt, 2017), and herbalists use them in similar ways. In this article, I’ll discuss some myths, as well as the benefits that hawthorn provides. You can also find two easy hawthorn recipes throughout the fall.
Hawthorn, May, Maythorn, Whitethorn, Crataegus Monogyna/laevigata
Hawthorn is known by many common names, such as May, Maythorn, and Thorn apple, and usually blooms around May 1. Interestingly, the Maypole is said to be made of hawthorn trees (Masé, 2013), which is fitting as these beautiful flowers bloom just in time for May Day and Beltane celebrations.
The folklore behind hawthorn cutting is very interesting. Some say that cutting down hawthorn branches brings bad luck, especially if the cut branches are brought indoors. Conversely, it is generally believed that placing cut hawthorn branches outside will prevent witches from entering the home. However, it is believed that the felled hawthorn branches have been made into powerful wands and brooms for witches to use.
Another interesting piece of hawthorn history is that the Mayflower is said to be named after the hawthorn tree because the flowering tree inspired a sense of hope in England. Hawthorn symbolizes not only hope, but also love, marriage and intimacy.
Hawthorns can often be found in groves and hedges – they are grown to create a physical barrier between home and property. This weave is called hedge and hawthorn, which actually translates to hedge. You can start to feel how well this tree will have a border.
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I remember the first time I consciously spent time on a hawthorn tree. It was autumn, and it was between linden trees and roses – if anything, it was a garden of herbs for the mind! I was drawn to thorns, split leaves and blackened fruit. It was then that I was told the playful myths surrounding the history of hawthorn. This is