Hawthorn berry syrup can be used as a heart tonic -- several studies show that hawthorn can produce significant improvements in early stage heart disease, according to Nutrition Science News. In addition to its health benefits, hawthorn berry syrup can be used as a food topping. Enjoy it on pancakes and waffles, and improve your heart health at the same time. Make your own hawthorn berry syrup using nothing more than berries, water, and honey.
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Things you need
- Hawthorn berries
- Medium saucepan
- Spring or distilled water
- Potato masher
- Medium mixing bowl
- Organic honey
- Dark glass bottle
Add 250 ml (1 cup) of fresh hawthorne berries, or 125 ml (1/2 cup dried), to a medium sized saucepan. Add 750 ml (3 cups) of spring or distilled water and stir to combine.
Turn the heat to medium, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the hawthorn berries for an additional two to three minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat, and mash the berries in the water using a potato masher. Continue until the liquid thickens and the berries cannot be mashed any further.
Strain the liquid from the pan into a medium mixing bowl. Add 250 ml (1 cup) of organic honey to the liquid, and stir thoroughly to combine.
Pour the resulting hawthorn berry syrup into a dark glass bottle. Label the bottle with the contents and date, and store the syrup in the fridge when not in use.
Tips and warnings
- The hawthorn berry syrup will keep for up to three months in the fridge, after which time any unused portion should be discarded.
- Pick hawthorn berries from the hawthorn bushes you will find in hedgerows or buy them dried from a health food shop.
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