The fact that hawthorn is useful, everyone knows. We will not talk today about the unique composition of this plant, since this is a topic of a completely different conversation. We will talk about when to collect hawthorn and how to dry it at home, so that on a quiet family evening you can indulge in a tasty and wholesome drink.
When and how to collect hawthorn
The time for harvesting hawthorn is considered to be the time for its ripening - the is approximately from the end of September to the first frosts of .It is not recommended to harvest from bushes growing along highways and busy highways. Fruits should be harvested in dry weather, at the same time it is not necessary to pick up separate berries, but bunches, if, of course, this word can be used in relation to hawthorn.
Preparing to dry the hawthorn
If you gathered hawthorn to dry it, then this thing can not be postponed. Drying is preceded by a preparatory phase, consisting in the removal of the pedicels, immature, dama
You can dry hawthorn in several ways: in the sun, in the oven or in an electric dryer.
How to dry hawthorn in the sun
We lay out the hawthorn prepared for drying with a thin layer on a piece of fabric, thin paper or a special mesh. Leave the berries in a well-ventilated place for a few days, remember that the berries should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Periodically, the fruit of the hawthorn should be turned over to evenly dry.
How to dry the hawthorn in the oven and electric dryer
Prepared for drying the hawthorn fruit put on a baking sheet and sent to the oven / electric dryer. When drying in the oven, it is periodically necessary to open the door to remove excess moisture from the cabinet, it will not be superfluous to mix berries to ensure that they dry evenly. Dry berries should be at a temperature of not more than sixty degrees. It takes several hours to dry. Understand that the berries are ready for long-term storage in the following way: compress in the fist a handful of hawthorn, if after they fall into separate dry berries, the drying must be completed.
Dried hawthorn can be stored in paper or woven bags or in a tightly sealed glass jar for no more than 2 years .If you decide to store the hawthorn in a plastic bag, then remember that this can lead to the wrinkling of berries.