Were To Find Wild Hawthorn Berries

Were To Find Wild Hawthorn Berries – Picking hawthorn berries is new for me this year. They are sweet and mild if you get them at just the right time, and in previous years I tasted them too early in the fall. This year, Washington hawthorn was sweet and mild in late October. But by then the one-seeded hawthorn had already started to rot, so next year I’ll look for it in mid-October.

I owe some credit to Josh Fecteau’s recent hawthorn post for inspiring 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 perhaps a thousand species, according to George Symonds (from his wonderful 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 ID). Fortunately, you don’t need to know how to identify a specific species. You just need to know it’s a hawthorn, as all hawthorns have edible berries. HOWEVER, like apple seeds, hawthorn seeds contain cyanide and should not be consumed. I won’t panic; just spit out the seeds.

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Why bother with hawthorns? They are beautiful, interesting and delicious wild foods with known health benefits. Some people use strawberries to make hawthorn jelly, but I haven’t tried that yet. Strawberries, 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 illustrate the general characteristics. This should help you recognize hawthorn when you see it, but i

If you’re not sure you have hawthorn while foraging, check additional sources until you’re sure before eating the berries.

It grows as a small tree or large shrub and has clusters of white flowers in late spring. The berries turn red in September (here), and later on they become sweet. By October 31, they were sweet and maybe a little over the top. Each berry has 3-5 seeds.

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The leaves are brushy 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 up to about 3 cm long. However, with reasonable care, you can easily pick berries that tend to hang away from the branch. It’s even easier later in the season when many of the leaves have fallen off and are no longer covering the thorns.

Also called common hawthorn, it is a European native that 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. It may be invasive in other parts of the country, but it doesn’t seem to be particularly aggressive here. Like Washington hawthorn, monoecious 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 fall and contain one seed (hence the name). The toothed leaves are more deeply incised than Washington hawthorn leaves, but the spines are much smaller, only about 1/2 inch to an inch long.

Hawthorns are common in the forest understory here in Massachusetts, but they are scrawny specimens that do not produce well. It’s too shady in the forest. To find hawthorn berries, look for it in sunny places such as scrub fields and thickets, along pasture edges and along streams. They are often planted as ornamentals, so if your friend has one and doesn’t mind picking a few berries, you have a simple foraging experience at your fingertips.

This is my first experience using hawthorn berries and I use them to make the extract using the same process as 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 strawberries, covered them with 80 proof vodka and corked the jar. I’m not sure how long it will take to extract enough flavor from the berries, so I’ll be checking it daily. I know other extracts (like vanilla extract) take weeks, so I expect that here. Please note that any hedge item you come across may vary in appearance from these photos.

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Orange to dark red berries, usually single-seeded, although in some species or hybrids there may be several, hang in clusters in autumn.

Strawberries are best after a fall frost, but since the frosts come later and you try the strawberries later, they are ready when they are sweet. Now we also have freezers, so we can artificially “blet” (freeze) strawberries.

All parts of hawthorn are good for regulating blood pressure, but the leaves are the best and are used to make tea.

Hawthorn has a few different species and many hybrids growing in the UK, but the most common is monogyna, followed by medium hawthorn, laevigata. Both can grow as a bush like a shrub or more like a tree, with the monogyna usually being more upright.

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Strawberries contain a large amount of pectin and are an excellent addition to jellies and jams, helping them set. The berries themselves make a fine jelly, and the juice alone produced by crushing the berries in the hands and sifting them will set very quickly without heat. If the strawberries are very sweet, no sugar is needed, if not, just add a little sugar to taste. Written by Ariane Lang, BSc, MBA and SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD – Medically Reviewed by Kathy W. Warwick, R.D., CDE , Nutrition – Updated December 13, 2021

These nutrient-rich berries have a tart, tangy flavor and mild sweetness. Colors range from yellow to dark red (

For hundreds of years, people have used hawthorn as an herbal remedy for digestive problems, heart problems and high blood pressure. In fact, strawberries have been a key part of traditional Chinese medicine since 659 AD (

Antioxidants help neutralize unstable molecules called free radicals, which can harm the body when present in high levels.

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Free radicals can come from certain foods. You can also have higher levels due to exposure to environmental toxins such as air pollution and cigarette smoke (

Polyphenols are associated with many health benefits due to their antioxidant activity, including a reduced risk (

Although initial animal and cell research is promising, more human studies are needed to evaluate the effects of hawthorn berries on disease risk.

Summary Hawthorn berries contain plant polyphenols that have antioxidant properties that have been linked to many health benefits.

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Research has shown that chronic inflammation is linked to many diseases, including type 2 diabetes, asthma, and certain types of cancer (

In a study in mice with liver disease, hawthorn berry extract significantly reduced levels of inflammatory compounds, leading to reduced inflammation and liver damage (

In one study, researchers gave vitexin — a compound found in hawthorn leaves — to mice with respiratory disease. This treatment reduced the production of molecules that trigger inflammation and reduced the response of white blood cells to inflammation (

These promising results from animal and test-tube studies suggest that the supplement may offer anti-inflammatory benefits in humans. However, more research is needed.

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Summary Hawthorn berry extract has shown anti-inflammatory potential in both test-tube and animal studies. However, human research is needed.

In traditional Chinese medicine, hawthorn berries are one of the most commonly recommended foods for treating high blood pressure (

Animal studies show that hawthorn can act as a vasodilator, meaning it can relax narrowed blood vessels, which ultimately lowers blood pressure (

A 10-week study looked at the effects of taking hawthorn extract in 36 people with mildly elevated blood pressure.

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Researchers found that those who took 500 mg of the extract daily experienced a reduction in diastolic blood pressure—the bottom number of the blood pressure reading (

In a 2006 study, researchers gave 1,200 mg of hawthorn extract every day for 16 weeks to 79 people with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. People who took the extract experienced a greater improvement in blood pressure than those in the placebo group (

However, more studies are needed to support these findings. It is also important to know that using the extract is not the same as eating berries.

Summary Some research suggests that hawthorn berries may lower blood pressure by helping to dilate blood vessels. However, further studies are needed.

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Some studies show that hawthorn extract can improve blood cholesterol levels due to its flavonoid and pectin content. Pectin is a type of fiber that participates in cholesterol metabolism (

Imbalanced blood cholesterol levels—particularly high triglycerides and low HDL (good) cholesterol—play a role in atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels (

If plaque continues to build up, it can completely block a blood vessel, causing a heart attack or stroke.

One animal study involved mice

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