Washington Hawthorn Tree Berries Edible ? – Hawthorn berry harvest is a new one for me this year. They are sweet and mild if you get them at the right time, and in years past I tasted them very much in the fall. This year, the Washington hawthorn is sweet and mild in late October. But at that time, the one-seeded hawthorn starts to rot, so next year I will look for one in mid-October.
I owe some credit to Josh Fecteau’s recent hawthorn post, which inspired me to try hawthorn berries again. As Josh points out, there are many species of hawthorn, maybe 50 in New England. And, in all of North America, there may be a thousand species, according to George Symonds (from his book Tree Identification Book: A New Method for the Practical Identification and Recognition of Trees.
Washington Hawthorn Tree Berries Edible ?
, 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 seeds.
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Why bother with hawthorns? They are a beautiful, interesting, and delicious wild food with known health benefits. Some people use the berries to make hawthorn jelly, but I have not tried this. The berries, leaves and flowers can be used to make tea. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how to make hawthorn berry extract.
I will describe two species here, to give examples of their common characteristics. That should help you recognize hawthorn when you see it, but i
If you are not sure whether you have hawthorn when you eat it, check with an additional source until you are sure, before eating the berries.
It grows as a small tree or large shrub, and produces clusters of white flowers in late spring. Berries turn red in September (here), but sweeten later. By October 31, they are sweet, and maybe a little past their peak. 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 species of hawthorn have similar leaves. The tree is heavily armed with long thorns, about 3 inches long. However, with enough care, you can easily harvest the berries, which tend to hang from the branches. It is even easier later in the season after many leaves have fallen and there are no longer any hidden thorns.
Also called common hawthorn, this is a European native that has escaped cultivation and naturalized in North America. Sometimes it’s marked as an invasive plant, but I don’t find it very often, and when I see it, there aren’t many in one area. Perhaps invasive in other parts of the country, but not aggressive here. Like Washington hawthorn, single-seeded hawthorn grows as a shrub or small tree, and has clusters of white flowers in late spring. The oval red berries ripen earlier (from Washington hawthorn) in autumn and contain one seed (hence the name). The toothed leaves are more deeply lobed than Washington hawthorn, but the thorns are smaller, only about 1/2 inch to one inch.
Hawthorn is common in the woodlands of Massachusetts, but this is a scrawny specimen that bears no fruit. It was very dark in this forest. To find hawthorn that bears a lot of fruit, look for it in sunny places, such as fields and bushes, on the edge of pastures, and on the banks of streams. They are often planted as ornamentals, so if a friend has one and you don’t mind picking some 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, using the same process that I 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 of berries, covered it with 80 proof vodka, and closed 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 that other extracts, (such as vanilla extract) take weeks, so what I want here. Fossils of hawthorn were found in the 1990s back to the middle of the Miocene Epoch, 15 million years ago. The geological survey that found the fossil was found in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
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The most popular varieties of hawthorn come from the Central Asian and European group consisting of about 100 species. Often, it grows as a single-stemmed tree with flowers that give off an unpleasant aroma. The berries are usually used in various herbal preparations. They are also considered a nutritious food source.
Hawthorn fruit is characterized by an oblong, pear, or round shape. The berries are generally the same size as the large blueberry they grow. Depending on the specific species, the color of the berries can be red, orange-yellow, blue, black or yellow. The flesh is similar to rosehip – dry and mealy.
While hawthorn berries are not directly classified as poisonous, there are a few things that can cause adverse effects when consumed. Fruit seeds in
The family is known to contain the compound amygdalin which is actually cyanide that has been bound to sugar. When eaten, this combination can be converted to hydrogen cyanide as it travels to the small intestine.
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The lowest human dose of hydrogen cyanide is 0.54 mg/kg body weight. The average dose absorbed at death is about 1/4 mg of hydrogen cyanide per kg of body weight.
That means if you weigh 70 kg, your most lethal dose is 37.8 mg or about 54 grams of crushed apple seeds (they must be crushed so that the amygdalin can come into contact with the enzyme). That means you should avoid eating 66 crushed apple seeds. I said that it is quite easy to do.
Like apples, when eating hawthorn berries, it’s best to spit out the seeds. Adults who accidentally ingest a few pieces of seeds should have no problems. However, for children, the side effects may be more pronounced.
The flesh of the fruit itself is not poisonous. However, there are instances when people report bad taste.
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In the spring, most people will collect the leaves before they change color and use them for salads. The same can be done for flower petals. Berries generally taste better after frosting, but they can also be used before frosting.
The berries can be used to make jellies and jams. They are also added to the grill. The berries, flowers and leaves are used to make tea; Many people use hawthorn tea when making couscous, quinoa, or rice.
There are various medicinal benefits that can be obtained from using hawthorn berries. This is why additional forms are used to treat various diseases.
Specifically, hawthorn supplements are noted to be used for diseases related to the heart and circulatory system. However, this supplement may not be as effective in the treatment of severe forms of related conditions.
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Berries in the form of tea can be useful for lowering and regulating blood pressure. Their high pectin content makes them ideal for making jelly. While the berries do not have a pleasant taste when eaten whole, they are often mixed with various other fruits in making wine or pies.Hawthorn Berries (Hawberries) and Mayhaw (Crataegus). There are many varieties of Hawthorn in North America. All over the world, there are hundreds. Many of the Hawthorns you find here are natural Hawthorns that come from other areas. Hawthorn comes from the same family as Apples and Roses, so it’s no surprise that the easiest way to describe Hawthorn in general is that it looks like a smaller Apple tree with thorns and fruit that looks like hips or Crabapples. Be careful, the larger of the wood thorns can be very dangerous – they are hard, sharp and strong and will go through the flesh easily. There is also a serious danger from the fruit of this tree – The seeds are very poisonous. Don’t eat the seeds – you have to take this seriously.
Hawthorn has long been used as a medicine for heart disease. It is now believed that Hawthorn can act as a Beta Blocker similar to prescription drugs Beta Blockers. Because of this, you should be careful about eating Hawthorn berries if you are using this medicine, because the combined effect can be very strong. Link here to start further research on this subject. I have also read that it has been shown to strengthen the heart, and you see Hawthorn sold in the vitamin section of drugstores and