Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Hawthorn Berries

Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna

Where: Most hedgerows
When: Flowers in May (hense its nickname: Maytree) Fruits: September - October
Description: growns up to 6 meteres high. branches are thorny and bushy pinkish in color turning light grey with age. leaves are green with three, five, or seven lobes.
Flowers: can be used in a delicate flavoured cordial
Leaves: can be chopped finely into potato salad, or in a green salad
Berries: when raw they are nothing special. when cooked they can be made into an unusual jelly for meat (wild game/venison) and cheese.
Tea: steep 1 tablespoon berries in 240ml of hot water, for 10-15 minutes. tea has been used conventionally in cardiovascular treatment and prevention. tea can be drank up to 3 times daily. for more health benefits click here

there's a lot of superstition surrounding the hawthron tree. some believe it to be the home of spirits or fairies, and disturbing or cutting the trees can upset or anger them, resulting in havok!

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