Hawthorn Herbal Vinegar
Vinegar was once a very popular condiment that was commonly used for the purpose of preserving and extracting medicinal herbs. It has been replaced by alcohol, as the taste is more acceptable to most palates. However, we still enjoy a good vinegar on salads and breads. So, for a change of pace, try making our very tart and fruity Hawthorn Herbal Vinegar.
½ pint of dried Hawthorn berry
1 pint (16 oz) of organic vinegar such as apple cider
Add the berries to a clean glass jar- 24 oz or larger
Add the cider to the jar and shake thoroughly
Cover and leave to macerate in a cool dark place. Shake daily
After 3 weeks, strain off the berries and return the vinegar to a clean jar.
The vinegar will keep for a year. Use in your favorite salad dressings or recipes as you would use normal vinegar.
Hawthorn berry: Hawthorn has been used for millennia as both a food and a medicine. The current use of Hawthorn for heart support dates back to the 17th century. An Irish doctor is known to have secretly used it for the heart. After his death in 1894, his daughter revealed the famous cure to be a tincture of the ripe berries. Hawthorn had a brief period of use in the American clinical practice between the turn of the century and the 1930's.