According to Celtic lore, haw berries make a tremendous remedy for a broken heart. While a little too dry to eat, the berries are one of the key ingredients in hedgerow jelly, and they can be infused in vinegar, or used to make tea and cordial. The young leaves in spring have a delicate flavour and can be chopped and added to salads.
Hawthorn leaves. © Roel Meijer/Getty
I’ve used cider vinegar in this recipe as it’s my favourite kind, but you can also use malt, sherry or red wine vinegars.
Hawthorn vinegar can be used in lots of dressings and sauces; my husband combines it with wholegrain mustard and olive oil and sprinkles it over roasted vegetables and grilled haloumi.
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