Hawthorn - Black
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Dried fruit of black hawthorn.
Crataegus douglasii
Hawthorn - Black

Acquired: 2003
How started:

Native to Pacific Northwest. Huge thorns. Texture of the fruit is like paste. Hardly any flavor. Birds love it.
Native Americans ate the dried berries mixed with fat and other ingredients. They also used the long, sharp thorns for piercing ears, lancing boils, and fishing hooks.
Since the cooked fruit lacks flavor but is high in pectin, it would make a good addition to jams of other fruit that require pectin. A replacement for commerical pectin adding slight flavor and color.

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