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About hawthorn berries

Hawthorn, also known as quickthorn, hawberry, or thornapple, is a shrub from the family Crataegus. Their berries are known as haws, and are packed with flavor and nutrients. Hawthorn berries have a mild, sweet taste with a tangy tartness that has made them popular worldwide. 

The berries range in color on a spectrum from bright yellow to deep crimson and purples so dark they appear almost black. The fresh hawthorn berries usually found in grocery stores tend to be pink or red and perfect for adding a dash of color to various dishes.

The name crataegus for hawthorn comes from the Greek Kratos, which means “strength,” and Akis, which means “sharp,” referring to the strength of the wood and the sharpness of the thorns that are found on their branches. The family is known as Rosacaea and also includes apples, cherries, and roses. 

Hawthorn has been used in a variety of ways for centuries and is one of the oldest known herbal remedies. Ancient physicians took advantage of its medicinal properties and used hawthorn berries in treatments for a range of ailments, from reversing the signs of aging to improving blood flow around the heart.

Many cultures use hawthorns in a variety of recipes and traditional rituals. In some southern U.S states, the berries are known as mayhaws because they are usually harvested in the month of May. They are made into jelly, which is then eaten on toast or in a variety of desserts.

In the UK, hawthorn berries are used to make wine and jelly, while the young leaves and buds are also eaten, known as 'bread and cheese'.  In Mexico, the berries are known as tejocotes and are eaten in many forms. They are also used in pinatas, mixed with other fruits as part of a festive punch, and mixed with chili powder and made into a popular type of sweet.

In China, hawthorn is used to make an array of snacks, including haw flakes pressed into sweet cakes or served on a stick known as tanghulu. You can also buy juices and alcoholic drinks made from hawthorn berries in the country, and some traditional recipes for sweet and sour sauce require hawthorn berry jam.

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FAQs About Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn berries have been sought-after for centuries because they have so many health benefits. They play a key role in traditional Chinese medicine, where they are used to lower blood pressure and for their heart-healthy properties. Hawthorn can help treat high cholesterol, irregular heartbeats, and hardening of the arteries.  

Hawthorn berries are high in antioxidants such as polyphenol, a compound thought to help the body eliminate toxins and help fight off a number of illnesses and diseases. Hawthorn berry can help with digestion, provide dietary fiber, and work as a prebiotic to alleviate indigestion, bloating, and stomach pain.  

Hawthorn berries are also rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, beta-carotene, and flavonoids. Hawthorn berry may also help prevent and reverse hair loss, improve kidney function, reduce blood fat levels, and reduce inflammation. 

Hawthorn berries can be prepared in a number of ways, including:
  • Raw
  • Boiled as tea
  • Jam
  • Jelly
  • Ketchup
  • Pie filling
  • Syrup
  • Desserts
  • Wine
Some people take hawthorn berry supplements for the health benefits, but fresh hawthorn berries can be used in a range of recipes including sweet dishes, iced tea, hawthorn vinegar and even hawthorn berry gin and other liqueurs. 
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