Its very gratifying that something so prolfic and so easily recognisable is edible. However, even the plumpest hawthorn berries cannot be eaten raw (that is to say – you could eat them – but they would give you little pleasure if you did!).
But Hawthorn chutney – now there’s a thing!
2 lb hawthorn berries
1 pint cider vinegar
1/4 lb dried fruit of choice – what’s in your cupboard??
3/4 lb sugar (brown is best)
1 tsp each salt, ginger and nutmeg
1/4 tsp each ground cloves and allspice
Use scissors to remove berry stalks, put in a pan with the cider and salt and bring to the boil, simmer for 1 hr.
Rub through a sieve into a clean pan, add the remainder of the ingedients and ince more bring to the boil, stirring continuously.
Simmer, uncovered for 15-20 mins until thick, pour into warm, sterilised jars and seal.