🍒 Not boring old tomato but Hawthorn ketchup! It’s the perfect time of year to forage for hawthorns - they grow everywhere in abundence and a bit like blackberries, elderflowers or wild garlic - once you know what they look like, you’ll see them everywhere! Hawthorn trees are pretty distinctive so very easy to forage but remember if you're not sure, don't pick!
Hawthorns are full of polythenols, a compound in certain plant foods which can act as an antioxidant. Did you know that hawthorn extract is used alongside other standard medications to treat chronic heart failure? It’s also found to be effective to lower hypertension for type 2 diabetics.
Heart disease runs in my family and my youngest child was born with a heart defect so we love food which is good for the ❤️ But back to ketchup...I think this has overtaken Heinz in my house 💪 - loads of good recipes on the internet but I found mine in an old favourite ‘Preserves’ which is one of my best ever recipe books. Have fun if you go foraging, but always be prepared and check you’re picking the right berries 🍁✨
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