Sep. 4, 2021

waxyfruit hawthorn, Crataegus pruinosa

The Native American Ethnobotany Database cites waxyfruit hawthorn as a species the Iroquois used for fruit. The pomes were dried into cakes for later use on their own or mixed into other recipes. I'm sure this is correct, but given the overlapping characteristics and hybrids among hawthorns, there were probably many others thrown into the mix. It would have been much more a case of which fruit looked good, than which ones looked like Crataegus pruinosa. According to USDA, these small trees grow in AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NS, ON, and QC. Ingham Co MI, 5/23/16. Rose family, Rosaceae.