Sunday, 30 August 2009

The beautiful Hawthorne berry

There's something nice about hawthorne berries, when you see a tree full of red berries, it really catches the eye. They have a tint of both Autumn and Spring. They are edible but with a big seed and the berry eaten from the tree is a bit tastleless and 'mulchy'. Just boil them up with some apple and strain the juice for a delicious if slightly tart syrup which has a really sort of deep but sweet after taste. This sauce is tart at first and becomes spicy sweet in the mouth. I add it to yoghurt. I also add elderberry to this sauce but it doesn't taste as nice. If you add a small amount of brown sugar it is delicious and sort of decadant.