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Hawthorn berries

This week the subject of Flora and Fauna Friday is Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) berries although technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. The fruit is also know as a haw.

The Common Hawthorn is native to Europe, northwest Africa and West Asia. These examples were photographed at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Hawthorn fruit

2 replies on “Hawthorn berries”

Are hawthorn berries eaten in Europe? In China there’s a candy made with it – I think they make a paste & dry it out, a bit like a fruit jerky

They have been although I don’t know if many are used these days. They used to make jellies, jams and syrups using them. Some one probably made wine from them at some point given the number of plant species used to make wine.

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