DIY Homemade Hawthorn Solutions
Hawthorn has many amazing health properties, especially for heart health and can be cultivated quite easily.
Hawthorn has traditionally been used in jams for a very long time. Hawthorn jams are perky, tasty, and full of all the goodness of hawthorn. You can enjoy hawthorn jams with bread, cakes or as just a standalone treat. Easy to make and rich in the power of hawthorn, you should definitely add this sweet treat to your diet.
What you need:
- 2 1/4 lb of fresh hawthorn berries
- 3 ¾ cups of crystalline sugar
- Lemon juice (from one small lemon)
- Mash the hawthorn in a saucepan. Combine sugar and the lemon juice and mash well
- Add a few cups of water and bring to boil
- Stir thoroughly, and skim the foam that forms on top of the mixture
- Keep stirring until the mixture reaches 430F (to check the temperature, take the saucepan off the fire, and use a candy thermometer)
- Test the jam by taking a small portion in a plate and transferring to a freezer. The jam is ready if it can gel in the cold. Otherwise more heat and stirring Is necessary until the jam reaches appropriate texture.
- When the jam has been prepared, allow it to cool, and ladle it into sterilized glass jam jars. Keep the jam refrigerated, as it contains no preservatives, and will easily go bad at room temperature.
Hawthorn Leaf & Berry Salad
Hawthorn leaves are in fact completely edible. They are crunchy, tasty, and a great addition to a salad. Combined with the sour flavor of slightly ripe hawthorns and a few olives, a simple salad of fresh young hawthorn leaves should leave a lingering, amazing taste in your mouth. Here is how you make a hawthorn salad to impress.
What you need:
- Half a bowl of young hawthorn leaves (fresh picked in spring are the best)
- One and a half cup of unripe hawthorns (a slightly sour taste is optimal)
- A few olives
- Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- One onion, chopped into rings
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Wash the hawthorn leaves thoroughly with cold water. Make sure they are fresh, young and not populated by unwanted caterpillars
- Wash the hawthorn berries with cold water
- Combine the hawthorn berries, leaves and onions in a salad bowl
- Add a liberal dash of olive oil. Toss to mix properly
- Add in some olives for decoration
- Add a dash of vinegar or lemon juice for further sour flavor
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve
The Hawthorn berry is truly an amazing gift of nature. All gardens should come with one of these delightful shrubs – for the birds and for the continued health benefit of the owners. Hawthorn is indeed a powerful herb when it comes to improving heart health, and you should exploit this generous gift of nature for your well-being.Share with friends!