The leaves are lobed and toothed, as you can see in my photo above. Many other hawthorn species have similar leaves. The tree is heavily armed with long thorns, up to about 3 inches in length. However, with reasonable caution, you can easily harvest the berries, which tend to hang away from branch.
Dried hawthorn berries are medicinal herbs used for treating high blood pressure and improving cardiovascular function. Some safety concerns over the use of hawthorn berries might discourage you from using this herb, but the berries contain beneficial health properties such as tannins, flavonoids and other compounds that work as powerful antioxidants.
A friend just emailed me this question: what can I do with hawthorn berries? (she’s surrounded by fruiting hawthorns), so here’s a list: 1. make a herbal vinegar, same process as this.Hawthorn berry vinegar is one of the tasty vinegars – tart and fruity.
The first thing you need to know about the Hawthorn berries is you should not eat the seeds. They contain cyanide bonded with sugar, called amygdalin. In your gut — actually small intestine — that changes to hydrogen cyanide and can be deadly. You can cook the berries then discard the seeds, but don’t eat the seeds.
So, what exactly are hawthorn berries and how can they benefit you? Hawthorn berries, or “haws” as they’re often called, are used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. More importantly, they’re loaded with bioflavonoids, proanthocyanidins and other antioxidants, making hawthorn particularly effective for cardiovascular care.
Hawthorn has been used a long time medicinally for heart conditions. It is now believed that Hawthorn can act as a Beta Blocker similar to Beta Blocker prescription medicines. Because of this, you should be careful about eating Hawthorn berries if you are on such a medicine, as the combined effect might be too strong.
The berries grow in clusters in the fall and winter and are small and red with a dark circular ‘crown’ at the end of the berry. So if you have found a plant that has thorns, fall pomes, and serrated leaves, it is likely a hawthorn, the best next step would be to research hawthorns in your area and compare to make a positive ID. Conclusion
-Hawthorn ketchup recipe-Put 500 g berries in a pan with 300 ml vinegar and 300ml water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until soft and squishy. Sieve pips / skins and add 170g sugar to the puree. Bring to the boil and simmer for another 5 min. Finally, bottle and seal.
Types of Hawthorn Trees That Produce Edible Berries. There are many varieties of Hawthorn (Crataegus) that produce edible, red berries and leaves.The rather small berries are cream-colored inside with a large stone in the center. The taste is slightly sweet with a more unpalatable aftertaste when eaten raw. Hawthorn berries are not commonly used as...
You need a very large handful before you feel anywhere near full. They have a very mild taste, but a good texture. This explains an old English saying that something "wasn't worth a haw." You can also use hawthorn berries in herbal tea mixes, jams and syrups. They are also used in herbal medication, particularly for heart ailments.