Hawthorn Jelly Recipe

This is a lovely, simple hawthorn jelly recipe that you can have with cheese or meats. Make it now and you’ll be in time for giving it away as Christmas presents.

If your celebrating is more earth-centric, then you’ll be in time for the return of the sun on December 21st.

Enjoy this autumnal hawthorn jelly recipe.

Step 1

Find a nice Hawthorn bush (Crataegus monogyna) laden with lovely red haws.

Step 2

Pick 1.5lbs of hawthorn berries (haws). This will make 1 jar of hawthorn jelly, so obviously if you need more jars, pick more fruit.

Make sure that you remove the stalks. A good way is to simply roll a clump of berries (stalks and all) in between your hands, and you’ll find the haws just roll off. It’s certainly easier than individually pulling off each stalk.

Step 3

Now wash your haws and then drain.

Step 4

Put the haws into a heavy saucepan, and cover with 1.5 cups of water.

Step 5

Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour. Mash the berries with a potato masher every 20 minutes.

Step 6

Now strain the mixture over night using some muslin, or as I did, a jelly bag.

To keep the jelly clear do not squeeze the jelly bag, just let the juice drip. If you’re not bothered whether your hawthorn jelly is clear or not then squeeze away.

Step 7

For every 1 pint of juice measure out 1lb of sugar.

Step 8

Now squeeze the juice of 1 lemon.

Step 9

Mix the sugar and lemon juice into a heavy saucepan along with the hawthorn juice. Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring continuously until the sugar has dissolved.

Now rapid boil for 10 minutes until …

Step 10

… the jelly  has reached setting point.

Step 11

Now skim off any foam from the top of the jelly liquid, and pour into sterilised, warm jars and screw on the lids.

Eat at will. There is no need to leave the hawthorn jelly for a month or so.


  1. Kassandra says

    Thanks! I am making this using berries I foraged from a local park, and my house smell delicious while its cooking.

  2. Katrina says

    I have just had a great afternoon picking hawthorn and walking my two dogs at same time. Your jelly recipe was so easy to follow and is really yummy. I thought it had not set but this morning it had so Thankyou I have to go again as I only made one jar. NOT ENOUGH!!!!!!! Thanks again x

  3. brown says

    How do you tell if the berries are ripe and ready to be picked? We have four trees that are covered with berries but they are very firm. Also is there only one type of parsley hawthorn tree? We are in the Houston area. Thanks!

  4. Veronika says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I always see this lovely red fruit and have wanted to use it for something.

  5. says

    After straining you can do this in the micro wave. A lot easier and it won’t catch and burn. Micro wave in short bursts so you don’t let it boil over. Do crinkle test as mentioned above. I cover pyrex bowl with cling film leaving small gap at side to allow steam to escape. Make notes of your times for future reference.

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