When Do Hawthorn Berries Ripen – Picking hawthorn berries is new to me this year. It’s delicious and refreshing if you have it at the right time, and in recent years I’ve enjoyed it early in the fall. This year, Washington hawthorn is sweet and juicy in late October. But at that time, the single-seeded hawthorn began to rot, so next year I will look for things in mid-October.
I owe a debt of gratitude to Josh Fecteau’s recent hawthorn post, which inspired me to try hawthorn berries again. As Josh pointed out, there are many varieties of hawthorn, maybe 50 in New England. And, in all of North America, there are 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.
When Do Hawthorn Berries Ripen
, my favorite guide to studying ID medicine). Fortunately, you don’t have to see any patterns. You need to know it’s a hawthorn, because all hawthorns have berries. However, like apple seeds, hawthorn berries contain cyanide and should not be eaten. Never mind; just spit out the seeds.
Hawthorn Berry Ketchup
Why bother with hawthorns? Wild foods are beautiful, interesting, and delicious with known health benefits. Some people use the seeds to make hawthorn jelly, but I wouldn’t try this. The seeds, 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 show the most common ones. It should help you recognize a hawthorn when you see one, but i
If you are not sure that you have hawthorn when eating, please check with other sources and you are sure, before eating the fruits.
It grows as a small shrub or large tree, and produces clusters of white flowers in late spring. The fruits turn red in September (here), but are delicious later. By October 31st, they were sweet, and maybe a little past the peak. Each fruit has 3-5 seeds.
Red Sun Chinese Hawthorn — Raintree Nursery
The leaves are lobed and toothed, as you can see in my picture above. There are many other species of hawthorn with similar leaves. A tree covered with long thorns, up to 3 inches long. However, with proper care, you can easily pick the fruits, which will hang from the branch. It is easier later in the season after most of the leaves have fallen and no longer cover the thorns.
Also called common hawthorn, this is a European native that escaped cultivation and naturalized in North America. It is sometimes called an invasive plant, but I don’t find it very often, and as far as I know, there aren’t many of them in one place. It may be invasive in other parts of the country, but it doesn’t seem to be a serious problem 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 fruits are slightly earlier (than Washington hawthorn) in the fall and have a single seed (hence the name). The leaves are deeper than those of the Washington hawthorn, but the thorns are smaller, only about 1/2 inch long.
Hawthorns are common underwood in Massachusetts, but there are several species that do not produce well. Very quiet in the forest. To find hawthorns full of fruit, look for sunny areas, such as orchards and forests, along the edges of pastures, and along streams. They are often planted as ornamentals, so if your friend has them and you don’t want to pick the seeds, you have a simple information at your fingertips.
This is my first experience using hawthorn seeds, and I’m using them to make a batch, using the same process you use to make vanilla extract. I recommend using hawthorn extract as a flavoring in baking and cooking. I filled a clean glass jar about 3/4 full with eggs, covered them with 80 proof vodka, and closed the jar. I don’t know how long it will take to bring out the flavor from the eggs, so I will check every day. I know other ingredients (like vanilla extract) take weeks, so that’s what I’m waiting for here. October/November, after the first frost, is the time to harvest hawthorn berries. Hawthorn is not used as a hedgerow berry which is mainly used for hawthorn gin or hawthorn brandy. It can be used to make jam or jelly. Hawthorn gin is better than sloe gin. It’s not as sweet and syrupy, in fact, it tastes more like a solid wine like a dry sherry, rather than a liqueur. It is necessary to mature. Hawthorn gin made now will be perfect next Christmas. If you don’t think you can wait that long, then double the amount – one for this year, and one for the future. Do the lottery because it’s awesome!
Incredible Benefits Of Hawthorn
Wrap, top and tail the eggs. This is a waste of time and not the end of the day if you don’t – however, it will result in sediment that will be difficult to settle later and will spoil the clarity of your gin. Place the fruit in a container, sprinkle sugar between the layers. When you reach the top of the bottle (leaving room to shake), top it off with cheap gin (preferably cheap). Seal and store in a bowl. Every little day shake the box.
After 4 weeks the fruits will disappear and the gin will be a shade of rosé. (If you let it sit longer before straining, it will taste better. However, it is better to have a clay soil. and blacken for a month is enough.) When strained, strain in bottles and mature for at least three months. Enjoy the humidity!
Hawthorn has a history as a herb used by herbalists to treat high blood pressure. It is also good for the heart because it has vasorelaxant properties and is very high in bioflavonoids – good for your heart. This is well supported by research. (If you have high blood pressure and you are taking medication, you don’t need to stop taking it. But, in cooperation with the pharmacist, you can reduce your dependence on drugs.) The best route of delivery. Hawthorn fruit as a tincture. A tincture is the herb (in this case the hawthorn berry) macerated (soaked) in alcohol to make a tincture. So hawthorn gin is a form of tincture. And a little nip taken regularly, just like the old country days, can help keep the heart pumping and flowing. Tea made with leaves or fruits is also a good way to lower blood pressure, especially when combined with lime flowers and leaves.