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Chinese Hawthorn

Price: $ 25.00

Crataegus pinnatifida

Hardy deciduous shrub, very easy to grow as it is tolerant of most soils and sites including extremes of very wet and very dry, strong winds and atmospheric pollution. Heavy yields of fruit which can be up to 20mm in diameter and have acid-sweet flesh reminiscent of a slightly mealy apple. They can be eaten raw, cooked, or dried, and alone or blended with other fruit it can be processed into jams, jellies, wines, fruit leathers etc. It is high in pectin so is a useful addition to low pectin fruits to aid jam setting. In northern Chinese cuisine, ripe fruits are used in the desserts and the traditional candies haw flakes and haw rolls, as well as candied fruit slices, jam, jelly, and wine. It is also traditionally used as a finishing ingredient in Cantonese sweet and sour sauce. The young leaves in spring are also edible. Hawthorn is one of the best known plants in western herbalism, the flowers, leaves and fruit are all used and have a specific action on the heart. The fruit contains several medically active constituents including flavonoids and organic acids and has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels and to improve blood circulation. In China the fruits are also eaten dried to aid digestion. Height to 7m, but can easily be kept pruned smaller. Watch out for a few large thorns on older branches. Makes a good hedgerow/shelter planting. Certified organic plant in PB8 approx 120 cm high.

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