When Can You Pick Hawthorn Berries – Harvesting hawthorn berries 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 enjoyed them in early fall. This year, the Washington hawthorns were sweet and tender in late October. But by then the hawthorns have started to rot, so next year I’ll be looking for them in mid-October.
I am grateful to Josh Fecteau’s recent hawthorn article for inspiring me to try hawthorn again. According to Josh, there are many species of Hawthorn, probably about 50 in New England. According to George Symonds (in his excellent book Tree Identification: Practical Tree Identification and New Methods for Identification), there are probably thousands in North America.
When Can You Pick Hawthorn Berries
, my favorite guide to learning tree ID). Fortunately, you don’t have to distinguish between specific species. All hawthorns have edible berries, so you just need to know that they are hawthorns. BUT, 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 hawthorn? They are beautiful, interesting and delicious wild foods with health benefits. Some people use the berries to make hawthorn jelly, but I haven’t tried it. Fruits, leaves and flowers can be used to make tea. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see how hawthorn extract is made.
I will describe two types here to illustrate the general characteristics. It helps you recognize hawthorn when you see it, but I
If you are unsure about hawthorn while foraging, check with additional sources before eating the berries.
It grows as a small tree or large shrub, and blooms in late spring with clusters of white flowers. The fruit turns red in September (here), but then turns sweet. By October 31st, they were sweet and maybe a bit over their peak. Each fruit contains 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 spines about 3 inches long. Be careful though, you can easily pick off the fruit hanging from the branches. This becomes even easier later in the season after many leaves have fallen and the thorns are no longer covered.
Also known as common hawthorn, it is a European native that has escaped cultivation and is native to North America. It’s sometimes called an invasive plant, but I don’t find it often, and when I do see it, it’s not often in one place. Maybe it’s aggressive in other parts of the country, but it doesn’t seem that aggressive here. Monocot hawthorns, like Washington hawthorn, grow as shrubs or small trees and produce clusters of white flowers in late spring. The oval red fruits ripen slightly earlier in the fall (than Washington hawthorns) and contain one seed (hence the name). The toothed leaves have deeper lobes than Washington hawthorn leaves, but the spines are much smaller, only 1/2 inch to an inch long.
Hawthorns abound in the forest floor of Massachusetts, but they are slender specimens that do not bear good fruit. Too shady in the forest. To find fruit-laden hawthorns, look in sunny areas such as scrublands and thickets, along pasture edges and streams. They’re often grown as ornamentals, so if your friend has one and doesn’t mind you picking some, you’ll have an easy dining experience at your fingertips.
This is my first experience with hawthorn, and I’m making an extract with it the same way I use it to make vanilla extract. I hope to use the hawthorn extract as a flavoring in cooking and baking. I filled a clean canning jar about 3/4 full with fruit, covered it with 80 alcohol and sealed the jar. Not sure how long it will take to extract enough flavor from the berries, so I will be checking it daily. I know other extracts (like vanilla extract) take weeks, so that’s what I’m expecting here. Hawthorn fossils discovered in the 1990s date back to the mid-Miocene epoch, about 15 million years ago. These fossils were discovered in the Black Hills of South Dakota by a geological survey.
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The most popular varieties of hawthorn come from the Central Asian and European group, which consists of about 100 species. Often it grows as a tree with a single trunk with flowers that emit a rather unpleasant smell. Its fruits are often used in various herbal preparations. They are also considered a nutritious food source.
Hawthorn fruits are oblong, pear-shaped or round. Fruits are generally the same size as large cultivated blueberries. Depending on the species, the color of the fruit can be crimson, orange-yellow, blue, black or yellow. Its meat is very similar to rose meat – dry and fleshy.
Hawthorn berries are not classified as directly harmful, but there are some cases of adverse effects from their use. fruit seeds in
This family is known for containing the compound amygdalin, which is cyanide combined with sugar. When eaten, this combination is converted to hydrogen cyanide when it reaches the small intestine.
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The lowest human lethal dose of hydrogen cyanide was 0.54 mg/kg of body weight. The average absorbed dose at death was estimated to be 1/4 mg of hydrogen cyanide per kg of body weight.
If you weigh 70 kg, the minimum lethal dose is 37.8 mg, or about 54 grams of apple seeds (must be crushed to interact with the amygdalin enzyme). It means that you should avoid eating 66 crushed apple seeds. I will say that it is very easy to do.
Just like apples, the best way to eat hawthorn is to spit out the seeds. If an adult accidentally eats its seeds, there should be no problem. However, for children, the negative effects are more pronounced.
The flesh of the fruit itself is not poisonous. However, there have been cases where people have reported an unpleasant aftertaste.
A Cup Of Hot Hawthorn Tea Made From Freshly Picked Berries, Herbal Medicine For Heart Health On Wooden Background. The Hawthorn Stock Image
In the spring, most people gather the leaves before they change color and use them in salads. The same can be done for flower petals. Berries are usually tastier after frost, but can be used before frost.
Berries can be used to make jelly and jam. They are also added to baked goods. Fruits, flowers and leaves are used to make tea; Many people use hawthorn tea in couscous, quinoa or rice.
Hawthorn fruit has many medicinal benefits. For this reason, its complementary form is used to treat various diseases.
Specifically, Hawthorn preparations are used for diseases of the heart and circulatory system. However, these supplements may not be as effective in the treatment of severe cases of related disorders.
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The fruit in the form of tea can help lower and regulate blood pressure. Their high natural pectin content makes them ideal for making jelly. The berries do not have a pleasant taste when eaten whole, but they are mixed with many other fruits to make wine or cakes.