Use Hawthorn Berries – Fall or spring planting is best for hawthorn, but, for all shrubs, the ideal time is always fall.
Selecting plants in the fall allows for root development before winter and will strengthen growth in the spring.
Use Hawthorn Berries
Hawthorn is very easy to care for and requires little attention when properly established.
Hawthorn, May, Maythorn, Whitethorn, Crataegus Monogyna/laevigata
Hawthorns do not need to be pruned unless they are part of a hedge. If so, you need to prune it regularly.
Often used in defensive hedges, hawthorn is more than that, as it produces decorative leaves and abundant flowers, making it a very beautiful tree.
Hardy and easy to care for, this tree will also give you satisfaction as it adapts to the soil and climate where you live.
The leaves take on a variety of colors from spring to fall, and gorgeous berries will decorate your hawthorn from late summer to early winter.
Hawthorn Berries Whole
Although they are edible, hawthorn berries are soft and tasty when raw, but birds are wild about them.
If you want to deter people from crossing your yard, use hawthorn because its thorns are the real thing!
(All edits by Gaspard Lorthiois): Lots of Hawthorn Berries by Kristel Funk under Pixbay License (also on social media) Blooming Hawthorn by Les Valley under Pixbay License Some Berry Leaves and Berries on Hawthorn by Michaela under Pixbay License (also on Social Media) by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own Work hawthorn berry harvest is new to me this year. They’re sweet and mild if you get them at the right time, and over the years I’ve been tasting them pretty quickly. This year, Washington Hawthorn was sweet and mild in late October. But by then, the single-seeded hawthorn had started to rot, so next year I’ll look for it in mid-October.
I give some credit 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, in all of North America, according to George Symonds, possibly a thousand species (in his wonderful book Tree Identification Book: A New Method for the Practical Identification and Recognition of Trees).
Four Red Hawthorn Berries And Yellow Leaves On A Branch Of Tree On A Blue Sky Stock Photo
, my favorite guide to learning Tree ID). Fortunately, you don’t need to be able to identify a specific species. All you need to know is that 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.
Why bother with hawthorn? These are beautiful, interesting and tasty wild foods with known health benefits. Some people use the berries to make hawthorn jelly, but I have yet to try it. The berries, leaves and flowers can be used to make a tea. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see how I make hawthorn berry extract.
I will describe two species here to illustrate common characteristics. It will help us recognize a hawthorn when we see it, but i
If you’re not sure you have hawthorn when foraging, check additional sources until you’re sure before eating the berries.
Hawthorn Berry — Bhava Wellness
It grows as a small tree or large shrub and bears clusters of white flowers in late spring. Berries turn red in September (here), but then turn sweet. By October 31, it was sweet and perhaps peaked slightly. Each berry contains 3-5 seeds.
The leaves are lobed and toothed, as you can see in my photo above. Many other species of hawthorn have similar leaves. The plant has long thorns up to about 3 inches in length. However, with reasonable care, you can easily harvest the berries, which hang off the branches. This becomes even easier later in the season after many leaves have fallen and the thorns are obscured.
Also called common hawthorn, it is a European native that escaped cultivation and naturalized in North America. It’s sometimes known as an invasive plant, but I don’t see it often, and when I do see it, it’s not too much in one area. It might be aggressive in other parts of the country, but it doesn’t seem particularly 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 oval red berries ripen a little earlier in the fall (than Washington hawthorn) and contain only one seed (hence the name). The leaves are more deeply toothed than Washington hawthorn, but the spines are much shorter, only 1/2 inch to one inch long.
Hawthorns are commonly found under the forest floor in Massachusetts, but they are small specimens that do not bear good fruit. It is very shady in the forest. To find fruit-laden hawthorns, look for sunny locations, such as shrubby fields and thickets, along meadow edges and along streams. They are often planted as ornamentals, so if your friend has one and you don’t mind picking a few berries, you have the easy experience of foraging at your fingertips.
Twig Of Hawthorn Berries Stock Photo
This is my first experience with hawthorn berries and I am using them to make an extract, using the same process you use to make vanilla extract. I hope hawthorn extract is used 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 capped the jar. I’m not sure how long it will take to extract enough flavor from the berries, so I check it daily. I know other extracts, (like vanilla extract) take a few weeks, so that’s what I’m expecting here. Hawthorn is a notorious cardiac tonic that acts on the heart both physically and energetically. Hawthorn’s many medicinal properties come in the form of leaves, flowers, and berries. Known to be supportive and protective qualities, its name,
Meaning power. With cardiovascular disease and heart failure on the rise in Canada, let’s make Hawthorn a household name! Continue reading to find out how you can support your heart health and that of your loved ones with hawthorn medicine. Plus, check out this delicious Hawthorn Berry Syrup recipe.
Hawthorn is a deciduous, thorny plant in the rose family (Rosaceae). There are 280 species under the genus Crataegus but C. laevigata and C. monogyna are the most widely used in phytomedicine. Hawthorn produces white or pink, five-petaled flowers in spring that give way to bright red berries or “haws” in early fall. The berries are blood red with white flesh and a large stone. With a mild sweet and sour taste they are used both as food and medicine. Small birds and animals that nest in the tree’s prickly, protective branches enjoy these berries.
As one of the oldest recorded herbs used in Europe, the health benefits of hawthorn have been tried and tested. The herb has long been associated with heart health, and research has shown it to be a useful remedy for various cardiovascular diseases, including high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, angina, and varicose veins. Hawthorn has a restorative and balancing effect on the heart and circulatory system, it improves heart activity, depending on what is required for optimal functioning. It is also indicated to stimulate digestion and calm the nerves.
Hawthorn Berry, Used For The Treatment Of Blood Pressure (the Silent Killer) With The Ability To Lower The Blood Pressure Without Any Of The Side Effects Experienced From Conventional Medicines
Much has been said about how the physical appearance of hawthorn relates to its energetic properties. The plant is tall and yields abundant medicine but also maintains protection and boundaries because its thorns allow you to get so close. Herbalist Jim McDonald recommends hawthorn as an emotional and spiritual heart tonic. Herbal medicine provides a protective emotional space for people recovering from heartbreak, trauma and emotional vulnerability.
Some herbalists use hawthorn leaves, flowers, and berries interchangeably with the seasons. However, berries are particularly indicated to support
Of the heart, regulating the heartbeat. It should be noted that if all the flowers are harvested in the spring, there will be no berries in the fall! The leaves and flowers can be enjoyed as a tea, capsule or tincture. Loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids, the berries can be eaten fresh or made into jams and syrups, in addition to being made into decoctions or tinctures.
Herbal infused syrups are a delicious and effective way to enjoy herbal medicine. The syrup can be taken on its own or added to tea, cocktails or any food that needs sweetness. Syrup can be made with sugar or honey but honey is preferred as it is rich in nutrients and anti-microbial.
Guide: Managing Hawthorn Around Waterways
This recipe uses concentrated hawthorn berry tea mixed with honey in a ratio of just 2:1. If you like a sweeter, thicker syrup, you can change the ratio to 1:1. You can easily make a large batch of this syrup by adding more berries and adjusting the amount of honey and water.
Hawthorn berry seeds contain mildly toxic compounds and should not be consumed. If you want to use