Hawthorn is one of our most abundant hedgerow trees – millions were planted as dividing hedges to fulfil the enclosure acts of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. It’s in the apple sub-family, and its Latin name is Crataegus monogyna. It is an important medicine for heart and circulatory problems, so is a great heart tonic for all of us through the winter months.
Hawthorn Berry Ketchup
This is a surprisingly rich and spicy dip, with a real depth of flavour – thanks to Hugh FW for this one!
300ml cider vinegar
7oz/170g brown sugar
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Strip the berries from their stalks & wash them. Put into a pan with the vinegar & cook over a gentle heat for 30 minutes. Press the pulp through a sieve & return the pulp from the bowl (not the sieved stones part!) to the pan with sugar & seasonings. Boil for 10 minutes. Bottle and seal. Great with bangers & mash!