Haws / Hawthorn fruit
We've had an abundance of fruit in my area this autumn (Apparently, that means we are due a bad winter! 😱) . The hedgerows are filled with haws. Now, I've done a bit of research on haws and learned that they are good for asthma and heart problems, so I was really determined to make some kind of syrup with them.
However, I've found that they are a nightmare to prepare! All of the websites make it look so simple. The seeds are poisonous so you can either crush the fruit in a pestle and mortar and pick the seeds out or boil the fruit and then try to strain it.
I've tried both methods and ended up feeling defeated. Everything was so sticky that I lost most of the fruit pulp whilst picking out the seeds. Also, I think the holes in my sieve may be a little small as I just couldn't push a decent amount of pulp through it. It was all very labour intensive and I now understand why they've been abandoned as a food!
Anyway, has anyone found a good way to extract the seeds? And what goodies have people made from haws?