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NAME: Hawthorn

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Crataegus Monogyna / Rosaceae (many other species)

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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DRY4TEA

Spring-Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

sweet/sour

RAW/DRY/COOK

Aug-Jan

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT: There are many different species, colors, and sizes of Hawthorns, not all Hawthorns have thorns, but all of the fruit has a crown. Fruit used to make jelly, fruit leather/roll-up, or as pectin for other fruit jams. // Can be made into a sauce for cooking, or used to flavor alcohols, just ripe berries have more pectin that over-ripe berries.(2) Fruit - is normally used for making jams and preserves. The fruit can be dried, ground, mixed with flour and used for making bread etc. A tea is made from the dried leaves, it is a china tea substitute.(1)

 

CAUTION: Do not eat seeds. If an adult mistakenly eats one or two seeds they aren’t deadly but they could be to a child. Very young spring leaves — called Bread and Cheese — can be a trail side nibble as well as the flower buds or young flowers. Mature flowers should be avoided or any part that smells like almonds when crushed.(2)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Antispasmodic;  Astringent;  Cardiotonic;  Diuretic;  Hypotensive;  Sedative;  Tonic;  Vasodilator.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Wood - very hard and tough, difficult to work. Used for tool handles etc. Valued in turning. A good fuel, giving out a lot of heat.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Crataegus+monogyna
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=hawthorn  
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus_monogyna 
  4. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/common-hawthorn.aspx (good photos)
  5. https://ouroneacrefarm.com/hawthorn-berries-identify-harvest-make-extract (good photos)
  6. https://www.eatweeds.co.uk/hawthorn-crataegus-monogyna (recipes)
  7. https://jpwaldron.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/haws-by-any-other-name-theyd-still-be-as-fine (recipes)
  8. https://wildcrafty.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/what-can-i-do-with-hawthorn-berries (recipes)
  9. https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/hawthorn-berry-recipes-foraging (recipes)