Hawthorn Tree Red Berries – The gooseberry crop is new to me this year. They are sweet and mild if you get them at the right time, and in past years I tasted them too early in the fall. This year Washington Hawthorn was sweet and mild in late October. But by that time the single-seeded hawthorn had started to rot, so next year I’ll look for them in mid-October.
I have Josh Fecteau’s recent hawthorn post to thank for encouraging me to try hawthorn berries again. As Josh points out, there are many hawthorn species, maybe 50 in New England. And, in all of North America, possibly a thousand species, according to George Symonds (from his excellent 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 identification). 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.
Hawthorn Tree With Red Berries On A Summer Day In The Park (699341)
Why bother with hawthorns? They are beautiful, interesting and tasty wild edibles 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 down to the bottom of the page to see how I make hawthorn berry extract.
I’m going to describe two types here, to describe the general characteristics. It should help you know a hawthorn when you see one, but I
If you are unsure that you have hawthorn when foraging, please check with additional sources until you ARE sure, before eating the berries.
It grows as a small tree or large shrub and bears clusters of white flowers in late spring. The berries turn red in September (here), but are 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 ragged 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. However, with reasonable care, you can easily harvest the berries, which tend to hang from the branch. It is even easier later in the season after many of the leaves have fallen and are no longer covering the thorns.
Also called common hawthorn, this is a European native that has escaped cultivation and naturalized in North America. It’s sometimes labeled as an invasive plant, but I don’t find it very often, and when I do see it, it’s not a lot in one area. Maybe it’s invasive in other parts of the country, but it doesn’t seem to be particularly invasive 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 thorns 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 sparse specimens that bear poor fruit. It’s too shady in the forest. To find fruit-laden hawthorns, look in sunny places, such as scrub and thickets, at pasture edges and along streams. They’re often planted as ornamentals, so if your friend has one and doesn’t mind you picking berries, you’ll have easy foraging at your fingertips.
This is my first experience using hawthorn berries and I am using them to make an 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 canning jar about 3/4 full with berries, covered them with 80 proof vodka and put a lid on the jar. I’m not sure how long it will take to extract enough flavor from the berries, so I’ll be checking daily. I know other extracts, (such as vanilla extract) take weeks, so that’s what I expect here.English hawthorn is a deciduous small tree or large shrub in the Rosaceae (rose) family. Although it was introduced to North America in the 1800s, it has only recently become a problem on the West Coast. Hawthorn branches have many strong spines and their bark is smooth, pale and grey. The leaves are alternate, leathery and deeply lobed. The flowers grow in clusters of 10 – 20, are white with a pink tinge and have 5 petals. The plant also has clusters of single-seeded red berries. Seeds are spread widely by birds.
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English hawthorn looks like the native black hawthorn. The leaves of black hawthorn are only weakly lobed, and the fruits are blackish, rather than bright red.
English Hawthorn grows in many soil types, but seems to prefer moist disturbed sites. In its native land it often grows as a forest species. Here in Oregon it can be found growing on beaches, pastures, woodlands, forests and abandoned fields. Once established, it can survive moderate drought conditions
English hawthorn can grow in thorny clumps that suppress native vegetation and make it difficult for wildlife to migrate. It is also mixing with native hawthorn, which can reduce native hawthorn and can create weeds and more competitive varieties. Birds may prefer its berries to native berry plants, which can reduce regeneration of native plants. Fruits of four different species of Crataegus (clockwise from top left: C. coccinea, C. punctata, C. ambigua and C . douglasii)
Mayflower, or Hawberry, is a genus of several hundred species of shrubs and trees in the family Rosaceae,
Close Up Of A Ripe Red Hawthorn Berry Bush With About Two Hundred Red Berries On It, Crataegus Monogyna, In Late Autumn, Cuckmere Haven, South Downs National Park, East Sussex, Stock Photo, Picture
Native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America. The name “hawthorn” was originally applied to the species native to northern Europe, especially the common hawthorn C. monogyna, and the unchanged name is often used in Great Britain and Ireland. The name is now also used for the tire gus and the related Asian gus Rhaphiolepis.
The Greek name, Crataegus, is derived from the Greek kratos “strong” for the great strength of the wood and akis “sharp”, referring to the thorns of some species.
The name haw, originally an old word for a hedge (from the Anglo-Saxon term hunghorn, “fce with thorns”),
With small stone fruits and (usually) thorny branches. The most common type of bark is smooth gray in young individuals and forms shallow longitudinal fissures with narrow ridges in older trees. The thorns are small pointed branches that come from either other branches or from the trunk and are usually 1–3 cm (1 ⁄2–1 in) long (recorded as up to
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). The leaves grow spirally on long shoots, and in clusters on spurs on branches or twigs. The leaves of most species have lobed or serrated margins and are quite variable in shape. The fruit, sometimes known as a “haw,” is berry-like but structurally a core containing from one to five pits resembling the “stones” of plums, peaches, etc., which are drupaceous fruits of the same subfamily.
The number of species in the gus depends on the taxonomic interpretation. Some botanists previously recognized 1000 or more species,
Gus probably first appeared in the Eoce, where the ancestral area was probably eastern North America and in Europe, which at that time was still closely connected by the North Atlantic Land Bridge. The oldest known leaves of gus from the Eoce of North America, where the oldest leaves from Europe are from the Oligoce.
Hawthorns provide food and shelter for many species of birds and mammals, and the flowers are important to many nectar-feeding insects. Hawthorns are also used as food plants by the larvae of many species of Lepidoptera, such as the small egg moth, E. lanestris. Haws are important for winter wildlife, especially thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat hashish and spread the seeds in the dirt.
Are Hawthorn Berries Edible?
The “Haws” or fruits of the common Hawthorn, C. monogyna, are edible. In the UK, they are sometimes used to make jelly or homemade wine.
The leaves are edible and if they are picked in the spring and they are still young, they should be used in salads.
The young leaves and flower buds, which are also edible, are known as “bread and cheese” in rural areas.
In the southern United States, the fruits of three native species are collectively known as mayhaws and are made into jellies that are considered a delicacy. The Kutai people of northwestern North America used red and black hawthorn for food.
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On Manitoulin Island, Ontario, some species of red fruit are called hauber. At the time of colonization, European settlers ate these fruits in the winter as the only remaining food supply. People born on the island are now called “haeeaters”.
The fruits of