Hi! I pass this berry often and was wondering if you could tell me if it is edible? I am just curious! Also, I’m interested in learning to forage for wild berries and plants and especially mushrooms. Are there any programs that you know that teach this locally? I live in Hillsboro. Thanks!
ipdate- I researched and think it might be hawthorn. Can I make jam or jelly out of it?
Washington County Oregon
Hi--you're right--this looks like common hawthorn Crataegus monogyna. And yes, you can use the berries or "haws" to make jellies and wine. It's considered a delicacy in the UK. To learn more about foraging in our neck of the wood, here are some great references:
Pacific Northwest Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Alaska Blueberries to Wild Hazelnuts (Regional Foraging Series)