Here is a lovely fruit that appears in Lebanon around the month of August; in North America there are apparently more than 800 varieties of this tree (aubépine in French) and yet I have never seen anybody eat the fruit! The hawthorn tree gives out pretty white flowers around May; a few months later they turn into pretty reddish berries. The tree can live over 400 years.
It is an excellent remedy for the treatment of cardiac problems such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, angina, anxiety and bad circulation in the legs. It has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years.
In addition to being eaten as is, it is also dried up in the sun and drunk as a tea with other herbs in the winter. It is also made into a jam in the fall, before the birds eat it all!
Its taste is crunchy and similar to an apple; it contains one or two small seeds.