Hawthorn Tree With Red Berries – Hawthorn berry picking is new to me this year. They are sweet and tender if you get them at the right time, and in past years I have been tasting them very early in the summer. This year, the Washington hawthorn was sweet and tender in late October. But at that time, the hawthorn of one seed started to rot, so next year I will look for those in mid-October.
I am indebted to Josh Fecteau’s recent post, which inspired me to try hawthorn berries again. As Josh points out, there are many varieties of hawthorn, perhaps 50 in New England. And, in all of North America, there are possibly a thousand species, according to George Symonds (from his wonderful book Tree Identification: A New Approach to Practical Tree Identification and Identification.
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, my favorite guide to learning tree identification). Fortunately, you don’t need to be able to identify a certain type. You just need to know it is a hawthorn, because all hawthorns have edible fruits. HOWEVER, like apple seeds, hawthorn seeds contain cyanide, and should not be eaten. Do not worry; just spit the seeds.
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Why bother with hawthorns? They are beautiful, attractive, and delicious wild foods with known health benefits. Some people use the berries to make hawthorn jelly, but I haven’t tried this yet. 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 will describe two types here, to exemplify general characteristics. That should help you recognize hawthorn when you see it, 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 fruit.
This grows as a small tree or large shrub, and bears clusters of white flowers in late spring. Berries turn red in September (here), but sweet afterwards. By October 31, they were sweet, and maybe a little past their peak. Each berry contains 3-5 seeds.
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The leaves are toothed, as you can see in my photo above. Many other species of hawthorn have similar leaves. The tree is armed with long thorns, up to 3 inches long. However, with good care, you can easily harvest the fruit, which usually hangs on the branch. It is easier later in the season after most of the leaves have fallen and are no longer hiding the thorns.
Also called the common hawthorn, this is a European native that has escaped cultivation and become native to North America. It is sometimes labeled as an invasive plant, but I don’t find it very often, and when I do see it, there aren’t many in one area. It’s probably invasive in other parts of the country, but it doesn’t seem too aggressive here. Like the Washington hawthorn, the single-seeded hawthorn grows as a shrub or small tree, and bears clusters of white flowers in late spring. The round red berries ripen a little earlier (than Washington hawthorn) in the summer and have one seed (hence the name). The toothed leaves are more deeply curved than those of the Washington hawthorn, but the spines are smaller, about 1/2 inch to one inch long.
Hawthorns are common in the understory here in Massachusetts, but they are tough specimens that don’t produce well. It is very shady in the forest. To find fruit-laden hawthorn, look in sunny areas, such as shrubbery and shrubbery, on the edges of pastures, and along streams. They are often grown as ornamentals, so if your friend has one and doesn’t mind you picking the fruit, you can have an easy foraging experience in the palm of your hand.
This is my first experience using hawthorn berries, and I use 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 mason jar about 3/4 full with fruit, topped it with 80 proof vodka, and capped the jar. I’m not sure how long it will take to extract enough flavor from the fruit, so I’ll be checking it daily. I know that other extracts, (like vanilla extract) take weeks, so that’s what I expect here. The fruit of four different species of Crataegus (clockwise from top left: C. coccinea, C. punctata, C. ambigua and C . douglasii)
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Mayflower, or hawberry, is a genus of several hundred species of shrubs and trees in the family Rosaceae,
Native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North America. The name “hawthorn” was originally used for species native to northern Europe, particularly the common hawthorn C. monogyna, and the unchanged name is often used in England and Ireland. The name is now also used for the tire gus and for the related Asian gus Rhaphiolepis.
The epithet of geric, Crataegus, is derived from the Greek kratos “strong” because of the great strgth of the wood and akis “sharp”, referring to thorns of some kind.
The name haw, in origin, is an Old term for a flower (from the Anglo-Saxon word hungdhorn, “fce with thorns”),
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And small pome fruits and (usually) thorn branches. The most common type of bark is soft gray in young people, developing shallow longitudinal cracks and narrow ridges in old trees. Spines are small sharp branches that grow from other branches or from the trunk, and are usually 1–3 cm (1 ⁄2–1 in) long (recorded up to
) Leaves grow arranged on long shoots, and in clusters on shoots on branches or branches. The leaves of many species have edges or margins and are variable in shape. The fruit, which is sometimes known as “haw”, resembles a berry but structurally is a pome with one to five pyres that resemble the “stones” of plums, peaches, etc., which are drupaceous fruits in the same subfamily.
The number of species in the gus decreases in the taxonomic interpretation. Some botanists previously recognized 1000 or more species,
Gus may have appeared for the first time in the Eoce, and the ancestral area is likely to be Eastern North America and Europe, which at that time remained closely related because of the North Atlantic Land Bridge. The first known gus leaves are from the Eoce of North America, and the first leaves from Europe are from the Oligoce.
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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 a large number of Lepidoptera species, such as the small egg moth, E. lanestris. Haws are important for winter wildlife, especially thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat grass and scatter seeds in their droppings.
The “haw” or fruit of the common hawthorn, C. monogyna, is edible. In England, it is sometimes used to make homemade jelly or wine.
The leaves are edible, and if harvested in the spring while they are still young, they are good for use in salads.
The young leaves and flower buds, which can also be eaten, are known as “bread and cheese” in rural areas.
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In the southern United States, the fruits of the three indigenous species are collectively known as mayhaw and are made into jellies that are considered delicious. The Kutai people of northwestern North America used red and black hawthorn berries for food.
On Manitoulin Island, Ontario, certain types of red berries are called hawberries. During colonial times, European settlers ate these fruits during the winter as the only food left. People born on the island are now called “haweaters”.
The fruits of Crataegus mexicana are known in Mexico as tejocotes and are eaten raw, cooked, or in jam during the winter. They are stuffed into piñatas brok during the traditional pre-Christmas party known as Las Posadas. It is also cooked with other fruits to prepare Christmas punch. A mixture of tejocote paste, sugar, and chili powder produces a popular Mexican candy called rielitos, which is made by several brands.
The 4 cm fruits of Crataegus pinnatifida (Chinese hawthorn) are tart, bright red, and resemble small crabapples. It is used to make many kinds of Chinese snacks, including haw flakes coated in sugar syrup and placed on a stick. The fruit, which is called 山楂 shān zhā in Chinese, is also used to make jam, jelly, juice, liquor, and other drinks; these can be used in other dishes (for example, many old recipes for sweet and sour Cantonese sauce call for shānzha jam). In South Korea, a liquor called sansachun (산사춘) is made from the fruit.
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In Iran, the fruits of Crataegus (including Crataegus azarolus var. aronia, as well as other species) are known as zâlzâlak and are eaten raw as a snack, or made into a jam known by the same name.
A 2008 Cochrane Collaboration meta-analysis of previous studies concluded that there was evidence of “significant benefits in symptom control and physiologic outcomes” for