Haw-Sin Sauce

Friday, 20 October 2017

For years, Hawthorn berries have been used to support the recovery of a range of illnesses and this time of year, they are very common to see within Suffolk hedgerows. As well as providing health-giving remedies, you can also cook with them. So, what can you do with these small, scarlet berries? One of our favourite recipes has to be Haw-Sin sauce, almost exactly like Hoi Sin sauce but much more delicious (we are firm believers that homemade is much more enjoyable!).

Our favourite recipe has to be as follows;

500g hawthorn berries
250ml vinegar
250ml water
250g caster sugar
(Salt and Pepper to taste)

Simply clean the berries and take them off their stalks, add the water and vinegar and boil until the berries burst and start to lose their shape. Once this has happened, sieve the mixture to remove the skins and add to a clean pan along with the caster sugar. Bring to the boil again until all the sugar has dissolved and then season to suit your taste.

Haw-sin sauce is a great alternative to Hoi Sin sauce, not only is it delicious, but hawthorn berries are proven to help the heart. You can enjoy a delicious treat, and do something good for yourself at the same time!