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Haw Berry and Star Anise Jam Recipe

Spoon of hawthorn jam, berries on saucer

I love this sweet, smoothly textured, wild hawthorn fruit jam and it went down a treat with participants on my autumn foraging course too. Read on to recipe!

Haw berries - the fruits of the hawthorn tree (Crataegus monogyna) - have long been used as medicine in the East and West, as well as used as a wild food.

Haw berries on a tree, autumn colours

Their taste is mild and unimpressive when eaten raw off the tree - think soft apple or apple peel. However, once cooked and flavoured these berries can be turned into a delicious jam, with a lovely texture of pureed fruit.

Open jar of haw berry jam

My three favourite recipes for transforming haw berries or 'haws' are; hawthorn berry ketchup, hawthorn and apple fruit leather and this jam which can be spread on bread or used in desserts. Oh, and I also make a punchy, medicinal Hawthorn berry schnapps!

The benefits of eating haws

I've written about the benefits of eating and using hawthorn berries and my personal motivation for using them here - why eat haw berries.

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